" When I arrive at Congress Hall, I begin where I left off the day before, working my way around in a clockwise manner. "
It’s a continuous cycle; by the time I get around the clock, I have to start over. All of the plants are trimmed with hand shears, which is not the “old-fashioned” way, it’s just the right way. The electric ones may be faster, but their cut isn’t as crisp.
I always make sure to take a moment to look out over the ocean. For a horticulturist, there are many places to work, but there aren’t too many gardens on the beach, and none like this.
The whole time I work, kids are running around. They play Frisbee, baseball, wiffle ball…occasionally, a toy plane will buzz by my head. The Congress Hall lawn is their playground. Parents will be happy to know we use horticultural oil to deter insects – no chemicals.
After lunch, there is a lot of watering…maybe two hours a day. It’s not just the sun drying stuff out; there is a constant sea breeze to contend with. We tend to boxwood hedges, to make sure they’re uniform as possible; the lilies, which we plant close to the walkways so that guests can smell their aromas; and the spring bulbs – we have at least 20 varieties.
" For a horticulturist, there are many places to work, but there aren’t too many gardens on the beach, and none like this. "