Meet the Staff: Maddison Perzel

Maddison Perzel, Education & Events Coordinator

We’re thrilled to welcome Maddison as the newest member of our Team. Many of you have already met her during some of our recent classes and workshops. She has already planned a great lineup of classes for the rest of our season, and we look forward to what plans she has in the works for 2021. 

PS – looking to schedule a girl scout troup, school-aged field trip, garden club visit, or private workshop group? Connect with Maddison at and she can get you scheduled. Contact her with class/workshop feedback or suggestions too!

Did you go to college? If so, where and degree?
I attended Denison University in Granville, Ohio where I studied Biology and fell in love with plants through my Plant Systematics course.

How long have you worked in horticulture/landscaping?
I’ve been working in horticulture for the past six years. 

How long have you worked at Bedner’s? 
I’m new to the team, so I’m still getting settled into my first few weeks.

Favorite thing about your job:
I love that I get to share my enthusiastic passion for plants with the folks that come to Bedner’s!  I enjoy developing creative and engaging opportunities to get the community excited about gardening.

Top 3 favorite plants:

Without a doubt, my favorite plant is Mountain Mint (Pycnanthemum muticum).  I love this native plant that spreads throughout the garden providing months of blooms for the bees and a minty fragrance when crushed.  I love the many cultivars of salvias for their dark blue blooms that attract hummingbirds.  I also treasure my Pilea peperomioides since it is such a funky houseplant that continues to create propagules that I can share with family and friends!

Best piece of garden advice:
My gardening advice is to plant something for yourself – this gets you out into the garden to enjoy it, then plant something for the ecological benefit – this keeps you coming back to the garden to notice more about the world around you.

Something interesting about you:
I spent a semester in college studying painting in the south of France which has had a lasting artistic impact on my life!

Interests and hobbies:
I love to garden in my free time – especially vegetables and herbs that I incorporate into new recipes.  I’ve recently become obsessed with Dahlias and learning how to grow them for their beautiful cut flowers.  I enjoy playing frisbee with my husband, our goldendoodle puppy, and friends in ultimate frisbee leagues.  I’m also knitting my very first sweater, so I’d say I’m approaching intermediate knitter status. 

Favorite vacation spot:
I absolutely love the Pacific Northwest – great coffee, lush green forests for hiking, a beautiful coast, and delicious food.

Proudest accomplishment:
My proudest accomplishment is continuing to build a career in a field that I love so that I can put my energy and passion into every day. 

Favorite game or sport to watch or play?
Go home team sports! But, I’d rather play a boardgame with my family than tune in for the game 🙂
 
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