Just because Diane Donnelly is one of the most recent people to join the Edward’s Garden Center team does not mean she is any less experienced or enthusiastic about gardening.
Quite the contrary, actually.
Diane’s love of gardening began at an early age. She remembers her mother and grandmother having her help in the garden since she could walk. In fact, her early introduction to gardening is why she credits her mother with being her inspiration for many of her gardening projects. Diane’s mom still enjoys planting well into her 70s.
Professionally, Diane has been working for garden centers for years. Before coming to work at Edward’s Garden Center last spring, she worked for another one for eight years. As a hobby, Diane has over 30 years of experience designing gardens.
At the Garden Center, Diane is responsible for the upkeep of the annual greenhouse. She takes care of the plants, waters and restocks when necessary. She also designs container gardens, plant arrangements and helps customers with whatever questions they have. Helping customers design a container garden that they love is something she is passionate about.
One of Diane’s favorite things about her job is pitching in wherever she is needed.
“We all wear many hats and chipping in at any task is one of the best things about my job. One day I might be working on potting annuals, the next day setting up a new fountain or water feature.”
As many of Edward’s customers know, owner Ed Kopec is quite fond of water features. Diane and Ed are in complete agreement on this subject. That’s why she is most excited about the huge water feature that is being constructed at the Garden Center for the new season.
“Our new fountain display will be fantastic! I love water features incorporated into a landscape to provide interest.”
While Diane loves incorporating water features into a garden’s layout, she also has other tastes that often find their way into her designs. Her personal favorite style of garden, that often creeps into her designs at home, is country eclectic with a hint of whimsy.
Another personal favorite for her home garden is planting bushes and shrubs to attract hummingbirds and butterflies.
At home, Diane has a large property that is a continuous work in progress and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I believe working in your yard should be a source of enjoyment and satisfaction. I love seeing something in my mind and making it come to life before my eyes.”
Diane is such an inspiration to our customers and our staff. I hope everyone enjoyed reading about her experience and her job at the Garden Center. In case you missed it, Diane represented Edward’s Garden Center on WNEP’s Home and Backyard this past summer. Take a look at the video on WNEP’s Home and Backyard site here: http://wnep.com/2014/11/01/seasonal-planters/.