Danielle Massa graduated in Horticulture December 2016.  Danielle is an assistant to one of the lead designers.  She creates base maps, hand draws and colors render final plans and writes up estimates.  Danielle is from Aurora, Illinois.

We asked Danielle what she likes most about this position.  “The creativity combined with horticulture!  First and foremost, I get to draw and color every day.  But there are also so many opportunities to participate in projects with other departments so I am always learning and experiencing something new.  For instance, during Valentines day and Mothers day I created floral arrangements and various gift baskets/planters and throughout the summer I have installed annuals for residential clients and businesses in downtown Minneapolis.  I also get to travel to assist with recruiting efforts and even got to attend the NALP Collegiate Landscape Competition in Utah this year.  I also got to model for a floral fashion show at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and this fall I will be involved in creating a tablescape to represent Bachman’s amongst other floral retailers and wholesalers in Minneapolis at the State Fair.”

Following is advice Danielle offers to currents students:  “Don’t cut corners; embrace challenges and don’t be afraid to put yourself out of your comfort zone.  You will be surprised with what you are capable of and it is at those times that we come out more accomplished and proud of who we are.”