Horticulture education and the unexpected stress of gardening
Working as a Horticulture educator with University of Illinois Extension, one would think visiting a garden center is fun and relaxing. You may be surprised, but for me (and certainly horticulturists everywhere), it can be stressful. Where every other shopper sees roses, I see Rose Rosette virus. Where my wife sees a deal of a tree, I see a tree too deep in the pot, and a plague of circling roots. Despite my continual denials, my wife’s term for this is plant snob.
A significant portion of my job involves diagnosing problems in the garden and landscape. From weather, to pests, and even humans (plus the myriad of in-between); there are many things that can, and do, go wrong with plants.