Meet the Staff: Anne Wildeboor

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Meet the Staff: Anne Wildeboor

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Happy New Year from everyone at Powell Gardens! This year we’d like to introduce you to some of the great people who make the Gardens a place for all to enjoy. In the midst of winter, one of the favorite spots at Powell Gardens is the conservatory. Today we introduce you to the person in charge of this luscious space, Anne Wildeboor, Horticulturist for Seasonal Displays & Special Events:

Anne has the distinction of being the only person in the Powell Gardens horticulture department to have worked in every position available! After interning in the summer of 1998, Anne was hooked. The next summer she volunteered on the Island Garden and after graduating became the gardener at the Visitor Education Center. Soon after, she took the senior gardener position in the Perennial Garden, where she worked for four years. After a brief hiatus to work at a private estate in Kansas City and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Anne returned to Powell Gardens in 2008.

Today, Anne is responsible for the conservatory displays—from generating ideas for themes to installing and maintaining the exhibits. She also oversees the Terrace Gardens, designing with the latest and greatest annuals, as well as installing and maintaining these beds. Behind the scenes, Anne is in charge of ordering all of the seed and vegetative plugs for the Gardens, which wind up everywhere from the Heartland Harvest Garden to the Spring Plant Sale.

Anne also manages logistics for many of the Gardens’ events. She helps manage butterfly and moth hatching during the Festival of Butterflies, lays out the scarecrow exhibit each fall and handles all of the lighting for the December luminary walk. Her eye for design also is put to use in creating memorable centerpieces for garden fund-raising events.

“This job keeps me on my toes and there’s always something new, fun and different to do,” Anne says.

Anne graduated from Kansas State University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture and a specialization in Greenhouse Management. Thanks, Anne, for all you do!