I work with some of the leading horticulturists in the industry, so it is definitely a place that you can continue to learn and grow in the horticulture industry.
St. Louis, Missouri
Sarah Laufersweiler is an outdoor horticulturalist and rosarian for the Missouri Botanical Garden. She is responsible for the year-round maintenance of the Gladney and Lehmann Rose Gardens as well as the annual design and procurement of roses.
Her goal has been to introduce more disease-tolerant roses to reduce the amount of pesticides used. Last year, she began a sustainable rose trial garden in the Lehmann Rose Garden that contains an Earth-Kind rose trial and a Kordes Roses trial.
“What makes this area unique from the rest of the rose gardens is that we do not spray the roses with any kind of pesticides, we do not deadhead, we do not apply fertilizer and we use drip irrigation only when absolutely necessary. The only maintenance is mulching and weeding,” she said. “I really enjoy having the opportunity to see how these roses will perform now and in the future.”
Laufersweiler said to succeed as an outdoor horticulturalist, students need a good work ethic and the ability to work well in every weather condition.
“Roses can be high maintenance, so good problem-solving skills are needed in order to address any disease or pest issues that occur,” she said.
She said the Missouri Botanical Garden is one of the top botanical gardens in the world.
"I work with some of the leading horticulturists in the industry, so it is definitely a place that you can continue to learn and grow in the horticulture industry."