Every year Denver Botanic Garden's Horticulture Department welcomes a handful of exceptional horticulture students from across the country to study with us in a project-based, 10-week internship.
Each intern brings a wealth of passion and experience to our team and we’re very excited to introduce you to our 2017 horticulture interns:
Left to right: Chloe Reeves, Amanda Williams, Kristina Gehrer, Olivia Fiala and Nurani Illahi
Chloe Reeves - University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Plant Records Curation and Mapping
A plant science major, Chloe is led by her passion for the outdoors and will be starting the UT landscape architecture program in the fall. During the school year, she works as an intern for the UT Gardens.
Amanda Williams - South Dakota State University
Urban Agriculture and Community Engagement
Amanda is studying horticulture with an emphasis in food production and Spanish at South Dakota State University. She loves to travel and has studied food production methods in Honduras. Other than plants, her passions include language, coffee and being outdoors.
Kristina Gehrer - Kansas State University
Kristina was born and raised in Wichita, Kansas. She graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in horticulture, landscape design and is currently pursuing her horticulture therapy certificate. Her passion is being outdoors and finding health and rejuvenation while being immersed in nature. She wants to use her talents to help everyone through horticulture.
Olivia Fiala - University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Propagation, Production and Seed Herbarium Maintenance
Olivia is currently a junior at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, majoring in horticulture with a plant science option. In her free time, she is a member of UNL's horticulture club and enjoys staying active in slow pitch softball and flag football. Her past experience includes work as a farm hand and as a research technician at Bayer Crop-Science.
Nurani Illahi - University of Maryland
Japanese Garden Character Pine Project
Nurani is a rising junior at the University of Maryland pursuing a horticulture degree and a potential creative writing minor. Since 2015, Nurani has worked as a databasing and collections employee for the University of Maryland herbarium. She is most excited about plant conservation and educating the public on environmental issues. Aside from garden work, she loves dogs, poetry, painting and napping.
Check back throughout the summer for updates from the interns.