Hannah Loy, horticulturist

What is it about plants that made you want to pursue them as a career?

There is always more to learn in the world of plants. When caring for a plant that you think you have a good grasp of, there are still so many different controls required to successfully grow it in a container. You have to learn and figure out what each individual plant needs, which makes this career full of constant discovery. It’s something that you can learn on your own or engage with others to learn from them and share what you know. There is plenty more to discover and plenty more to learn from what the earth has to offer.

What do you love about working at the Botanical Garden?

I love that every day is different. You walk into the building and you see how the Gardeners Show House has evolved overnight. I have my favorite plants, but as I talk to people about their favorites, they point out plants that you gain a new appreciation for. With any season, the greenhouses change too. I am used to indoor horticulture but going outside and familiarizing myself with plants that are outdoors during the summer and fall is just inspirational.

What are some of your favorite plants at the Garden?

I love absolutely any aroid. My favorite plant changes daily. It just depends on the context. Just like how your mood changes every day, you see a plant you have been staring at for three months and see it in a new light or gain a new appreciation for it. It’s hard to pick a favorite.