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Ask someone what scares them and plants probably aren’t the first things that come to mind. They likely don’t even crack the top 10. A visit to the Ambler Campus Greenhouse, however, shows that the thriving foliage isn’t all pretty flowers and sun-dappled leaves. The Greenhouse — and in some cases the Ambler Arboretum — provides a perfect home for an eclectic group of carnivorous plants, spiny cacti of every shape and size and species that are a great deal more bizarre.
Horticulture major Megan Bazin would be perfectly content living off the land given the opportunity. Modern life — bills to pay, responsibilities to meet — sometimes get in the way of “simple plans.” Bazin, however, has found the perfect compromise — urban agriculture. She just took the scenic route to get there.
If Dr. Frankenstein worked with plants instead of bodies, he’d still have nothing on Temple University Ambler alumnus Brandon Huber. It’s no wonder that when his pride and joy — a 6-foot, 4-inch tall, 38-inch wide behemoth of a flowering plant — recently bloomed, it was welcomed by thousands of visitors to the greenhouse it currently calls home.
Horticulture major Maya Czulewicz might be a little hard to pin down after graduation. You might find her at the Morris Arboretum or the Wyck Rose Garden. While others might find the prospect of two tandem jobs daunting, Czulewicz wanted the multi-faceted opportunities to hone her craft that each position brings.
Twenty-Five years ago, John F. Collins, FASLA, and a dedicated group of faculty built on 75 years of environmental education offered at Temple University Ambler to create prestigious four-year programs in Landscape Architecture and Horticulture that have generated dedicated leaders in every field of the green industry.