Horticultural Intern

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Start Date: February 7, 2022  Compensation: December 16, 2022

Stonecrop Gardens is located in the lower Hudson River Valley region of New York State, six miles east of the village of Cold Spring. Stonecrop is well known for its diverse plant collections. The enclosed English-style flower garden has a framework of trees, shrubs and perennials which is enhanced each season with interplantings of bulbs, tropical and half-hardy plants, biennials and specialty annuals, most of which are propagated at Stonecrop. Plants in the alpine collection are found throughout the gardens in trough displays, unique raised stone beds, lime and ericaceous display frames, a rock ledge garden, and alpine house.

The well-established, sophisticated woodland plant collection includes both native and exotic species. Each
year approximately 30,000 bulbs are added to the outdoor display, along with a large collection of indoor choice dwarf bulbs that bloom from November to March. Aquatic plants are featured in the numerous ponds and pools found throughout the gardens. Greenhouse facilities include a conservatory with a quality collection of winter-blooming plants, alpine house, pit house, small tropical room and two working greenhouses used for propagation.

The emphasis of the Internship is on practical horticulture; to know, grow, and use plants. Our objective is for Interns to build the specialized skills necessary to a professional in the field and to enhance their theoretical foundation.

Responsibilities/Duties

WORK SCHEDULE - Monday through Friday from 8:00 - 5:00 with one hour for lunch. Rotating weekend duty.
ACTIVITIES/TASKS -

1. Ornamental Horticulture:

  • planting
  • mulching
  • weeding
  • dead heading
  • pruning
  • pest & disease identification & management
  • labeling, mapping, record keeping
  • selling & public relations

2. Propagation (both for our own display & for sale) of alpine, woodland, and flower garden plants to include

  • seed collecting
  • processing and sowing cuttings - soft, semi, hardwood, and leaf division

3. Greenhouse management:

  • environmental control
  • general greenhouse watering
  • care of plants
  • greenhouse hygiene

4. Soil - preparation & compost production

5. Watering - indoor & outdoor

6. Rotating household duties: All staff share in such routine chores as pot washing and other cleaning.

7. Rotating weekend duty

8. Diary: All students are to keep a notebook recording day-to-day activities as well as taking notes on tasks to be performed.

9. Garden Party Project: Interns and staff members research a horticultural topic of their choice and create a project for display at the annual Members’ in September.

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0. Intern Vegetable Plots: Interns design, install, and maintain a Vegetable Plot at Stonecrop. Plots are assessed four times per season considering such criteria as productivity, cropping plan, tidiness, and creativity.

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1. Plant Identification Tests: Interns take ten Plant ID Tests throughout the season and are expected to know the Genus, Specific Epithet, Family, Country of Origin, Common Name, and Plant Description (i.e. perennial grass, deciduous conifer, etc.)

12. Lecture Presentation: Interns prepare and present a 30-minute lecture about a horticultural topic chosen from those offered.

13. Plant of the Day (P.O.D.): Each day Interns take 15 minutes to research a plant from the Stonecrop Collection. Interns can compile their P.O.D. write-ups to make a comprehensive collection of plants they have learned at Stonecrop.

14. Garden Host: Interns are required to work 2 open Saturdays and 2 Open Sundays per season. This is an opportunity to gain public relations experience as well as to learn how Stonecrop presents itself to the public.

15. Field Trips: Interns go on field trips to public and private gardens, and to interesting nurseries. Upon returning from each field trip, Interns write essays addressing details of the places we visited, plants they learned, comparisons of different gardens when appropriate, and aspects of garden design and style.


Qualifications/Requirements

  • ​Applicants minimally need a high school diploma. Further education in horticulture, environmental studies, agriculture, etc. is a plus.
  • Applicants need excellent writing and organizational skills. Neat, readable handwriting is applauded. Good communication skills are essential.
  • Applicants should have a valid driver’s license. If accepted, interns are required to have their own transportation.
  • If you really have a passion for plants and want to develop a sound understanding of practical horticulture, plant identification, plant families, and garden design, this internship is for you.

Additional Information

Compensation includes a stipend of $400 per week plus on-site housing. Please note - Stonecrop is a non-smoking, drug-free environment

Contact Information

Stonecrop Gardens
Contact Name: Barbara Licis
Email: garden@stonecrop.org
Phone: 845-265-2000
Website: Apply Online