The Helen F. Faust Wyck Rose Garden Internship 2014
The Helen F. Faust Wyck Rose Garden Internship is a unique opportunity to gain horticultural experience in a historic rose garden. Wyck's rose garden dates to the 1820s and is considered to be the oldest rose garden growing in its original plan in the United States. Four generations of Wyck women gardened here, and its plan reflects the Quaker value of simplicity. Included in the garden are several of the original rose plants from the 19th century design, as well as several rare, native plants that are possibly from before the earliest settlement in 1690. Several old roses in cultivation today had been thought lost until they were discovered growing at Wyck, and all specimens of these varieties in the trade descend from Wyck plants. Today over 75 different old roses are grown at Wyck.
The Helen F. Faust Wyck Rose Garden Internship is a four month, paid internship program from March 1st through June 30th. The Rose Intern will work under the guidance of the Wyck Horticulturist. The Rose Intern will concentrate on the Wyck rose garden and the care and propagation of old roses and their companion plants within the context of a historical landscape. The intern is scheduled to work on average 17.5 hours a week at an hourly rate of $10.00 an hour. Additional hours will be required during the Rose Festival in May.
- Propagation and care of cold frame plants
- Event participation, i.e. Wyck Old Rose Symposium
- Garden tours
- Volunteer management
- Record keeping
- Current Horticulture Student, Horticulture Degree or Certification or 1 year work experience in the field
- Deadline January 31st, 2014
- Send cover letter, resume and two references to firstname.lastname@example.org
Helen Faust (1909-2011) was a dedicated educator, civic leader, gardener and had a keen interest in the preservation of historic Germantown.