Alum of the Month: Amanda Groleau, Assistant Manager and Landscape Designer, Earl May

Amanda Groleau graduated in Horticulture:  Fruit and Vegetable Production and Management in May 2016.  Amanda is from Westgate, Iowa.

Amanda’s major job responsibilities are when the manager is off she runs the store in his absence, and that includes opening and closing the store.  With the landscape part of the job she designs landscapes, and installs them with a crew.  If a customer has a question about plants she helps answer their questions regarding diseases, pests, and any special care that the plant might need.

We asked Amanda what she likes most about her position.  My favorite thing about this job is who I work with, because it is a small location everyone feels like family.  I also really enjoy helping customers figure out plant problems, it is rewarding when the customer comes back and tells you that the plant is doing great.

Following is the advice Amanda offers to current students:  There are so many paths you can take with a horticulture degree, so do not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone or experiences, because you may surprise yourself and really enjoy an opportunity.