LISLE, IL (July 10, 2013) – The Morton Arboretum is pleased to announce its 2013 Public Horticulture Internships have been granted to Morgan Harty of Gurnee, IL and Max Letizia of Clarendon Hills, IL.
To help develop the next generation of horticulturists, the Arboretum offers a highly sought-after Public Horticulture internship for two college students interested in pursuing a career in a public garden or arboretum. The three-month, summer program focuses on public horticulture, emphasizing collections and curation. Interns gain experience in all departments of the Arboretum, as well as take field trips and attend workshops.
Qualifications for candidates include gardening or plant maintenance experience and enrollment in or completion of an A.A., B.S. or M.S. degree program in life sciences (biology, botany, environmental science, forestry, horticulture or ecology).
A student at Iowa State University, Harty is studying landscape architecture and horticulture, with a focus on promoting conservation and protecting the environment. Harty graduated from Warren Township High School in 2011 and is a Dean’s List student at Iowa State.
Letizia is a student of Illinois State University, where he was voted president of the Horticulture Club for 2013. He is majoring in horticulture and landscape management, with minors in biology and environmental health sciences. He is a graduate of Hinsdale Central High School.
About The Morton Arboretum
The Morton Arboretum is an internationally recognized outdoor tree museum on 1,700 acres. Plant collections, scientific research and education programs support the mission to plant and conserve trees and other plants for a greener, healthier and more beautiful world. Designed with natural landscapes, the grounds include the award-winning, four-acre interactive Children’s Garden, the one-acre Maze Garden, plus specialty gardens, 16 miles of trails and nine miles of roads. Visitor experiences include the open-air tram ride, guided walks, Arbor Day celebrations, concerts, art shows, Fall Color Festival, and special exhibits. The Arboretum welcomes more than 800,000 visitors annually and serves more than 35,600 members. Located 25 miles west of Chicago in Lisle, Illinois, the Arboretum is open daily 7 a.m. until sunset. Learn more at mortonarb.org.