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Courtney Hughes

PHOTO: Courtney Hughes
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  • Bernice E. Lavin Plant Evaluation Garden
  • Ellis Goodman Family Foundation Green Roof Garden South
  • Josephine P. & John J. Louis Foundation Green Roof Garden North

Courtney Hughes is the horticulturist for the Lavin Evaluation Garden and Green Roof Gardens at the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Plant Conservation Science Center.

The Lavin Evaluation Garden is the site for the Garden's Plant Evaluation Program, featuring plants that are best suited to midwestern gardens and those in similar climates. The Green Roof features a south garden with regional and national native plants and a north garden with customary green roof plants as well as native and exotic plants that show potential for future green roofs.

Hughes has been with the Garden since 2012, when she started out as the assistant horticulturist in the Lakeside Gardens. Previously, she had interned at Viette Nurseries in Fishersville, Virginia, while working on a bachelor's degree in horticulture at Virginia Tech. After graduating, Hughes moved on to work for the Arboretum at Flagstaff in Flagstaff, Arizona, and the Garden Spot in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. Hughes has helped coordinate the Garden's intern program and assist with classes for the garden design certificate program.