Andrey Yun: Student Horticultural Internship Recipient
Born in Uzbekistan in Central Asia, Andrey Yun traveled and worked around the world before settling down in the US. He realized early on that his passion revolved around horticulture. By way of example, one of his jobs overseas was working at an archaeological site in Jordan.
Andrey attended Andrews University in Michigan and graduated with a degree in horticulture and landscape design. He interned for a landscape construction company in the Midwest before moving to Los Angeles where he found a job working for a fashion clothing company as a designer’s assistant.
Yearning to pursue his passion in horticulture and landscape design, Andrey researched garden estates and parks that might have an opportunity for him to work his craft. He came across the www.robinsongardens.org website and was so impressed by what he read about the Gardens, that he called and made an appointment to meet with Superintendent Timothy Lindsay. Upon their meeting and with the cooperation of the Southern California Horticulture Society, Tim offered Andrey the first paying internship, which will last for 12 weeks.
During his internship, Andrey will assist with fine gardening, pruning, plant care, fertilization, and new plant installation. Andrey works at the Virginia Robinson Gardens property alongside Grounds Caretaker Josh Johnson and with the gardeners. “Andrey has great plant identification skills. It is nice to have him as a part of the VRG grounds team,” states Josh.
Tim agrees, stating that Andrey “…is a very qualified individual with great enthusiasm and a positive disposition. He’s got the right attitude to work at an estate or botanic garden because he has a high regard to satisfy both clients and visitors.”
Andrey Yun is a true asset to Virginia Robinson Gardens, and it is with much gratitude that the Gardens thanks the Southern California Horticulture Society for giving him the opportunity to experience an internship through their generosity.
Post by Diane Jenkins
Friends of Robinson Gardens Board Member