One of the things I wanted to learn about Columbia Association (CA) was about all the landscaping. I love all the plantings outside the fitness facilities, around the lakes and at village entrances. I was curious about many of the plants, and I was in awe at how tidy and well they are maintained.
I quickly learned that the person I needed to talk with was Jan Clark, landscape architect for CA. I met with her one morning to ask questions about all the flower gardens. My first question was, “How does everything look so healthy and well maintained?” I followed it with, “Who takes care of all these plants?”
Jan told me that she has a team of landscaping specialists that water, weed, transplant, prepare plants for winter, prune and thin out all the plantings. She designs the planting arrangements (and she does a beautiful job) and her staff takes care of it beautifully. They keep her informed as to the health of the plants, and together they create these eye pleasing gardens.
After talking with Jan, I went to a local CA facility to take photos of some plant arrangements, and a-ha! I caught the landscape specialists at work on a hot summer afternoon. One specialist was watering tropical plants, one was weeding, and the third was thinning out a lilac bush.
The landscaping specialists brave the heat (like the day I took these photos when it was nearing 100 degrees), deal with the poison ivy, plant thousands of annuals and perennials throughout the growing season, and help make Columbia look beautiful.
I was so happy to catch part of the team that hot summer day. I wanted to show not only the masterpieces they have created, but to show some of the faces behind the beauty. They have passion for their work, and it shows.
Melissa Sinclair works in the Communications & Engagement Division at Columbia Association (CA). Melissa recently moved to Columbia with her three-generation family. She has lived in more than a dozen cities and is looking forward to making Columbia, Md., her permanent home! Over the past year she has worked on losing weight, getting fit and doing volunteer work; she is now looking forward to working for CA after staying home with her family for the last several years. Melissa has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a master’s degree in educational administration. Click here to read more of Melissa’s Getting to Know CA series.