For a full decade, Marcia Eames-Sheavly has coordinated the Department of Horticulture’s efforts to enliven stages and other venues at commencement with hundreds of geraniums (pelargoniums, actually), coleus, ferns and other plants.
That’s meant many long days working with graduation planners, lining up vans, recruiting volunteers from the department to haul and arrange plants, carrying out contingency plans when the weather turns ugly and dealing with countless other details.
This was Marcia’s last year coordinating these efforts. (Tracey Sherwood is taking over the reins.) While Marcia sometimes downplays the importance of our efforts — “We’re just the icing on the commencement cake,” she says — the floral displays have contributed to the festivities enjoyed by thousands of graduates and their families.
For four years, those hundreds of plants have been nurtured by greenhouse grower Jenny Rothenberg (Plant Science ’08). Jenny is heading to New Zealand to pursue studies and other adventures.
Thank you Marcia and Jenny.