Sarah Is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Rangeland Ecology and Management and minor in Horticulture.
The course of my studies allowed me to foster an appreciation of the social, ecological, and economic benefits of incorporating natural elements into built environments and provided opportunities to observe this interaction outside the classroom. Additionally, through studies and hands-on experience I developed a thorough background in principles of multiple plant propagation techniques, proper plant and soil care, and integrated pest management. My experience with landscaping and horticulture began when I was seventeen, working to reestablish flowerbeds at a National Historical Park in Texas. There, I was trained in basic aspects of design and landscape maintenance. Later, I spent a summer working in a greenhouse, learning to diagnose and treat common pests, maintain appropriate nutrient rates, and monitor stock for signs of heat stress. Additional experiences served to improve proficiency in data management, plant identification, natural resource management and pest control. Ultimately, the most valuable skill I have developed through the course of my employment history is the ability to learn and adapt to the demands and eccentricities of each job field.
Since my arrival at Sweet Briar College last fall, I have had the opportunity to become acquainted with the grounds and estate and gain an understanding of what is desired for the future of Sweet Briar’s landscapes. This year, I was able to assist in the design of several landscape improvement projects, and most recently have taken up responsibility for maintaining and improving Sweet Briar’s trail system. I recognize that there is much more to learn, and I am excited to continue learning the ins and outs of landscape design and maintenance in Virginia.