NOT SO AVERAGE JOE
The unsung heroes of the industry
Passionate. Hardworking. Detail-oriented. These are just a sampling of the adjectives used to describe this seasons edition of Not Your Average Joe/ Josephine, Wendy Harry.
Anyone who has ever been involved with the London Chapter of Landscape Ontario knows who Wendy is.
But there’s so much more to her story.
For 10 years now Wendy has held the role of Horticulturalist for the Riverbend Golf Community in London. Overseeing a staff of eight, she is tasked with the maintenance of gardens at over 400 residences. “Pail. Shovel. Door to door. Let’s go.” Not to mention 700 annuals, 70 hanging baskets and 30 planters. Having a keen eye for a great end result is what drives Wendy. “It’s a prestigious place. So the quality of work has to be up there.” she says.
Like many others, Wendy entered the landscape profession later in life. Influenced by her grandpa’s vegetable garden and maintaining her own perennial beds, she opted to venture back to school. She received her diploma in horticulture from Fanshawe College in 2006. It was during this time that she began working with Landscape Ontario. The local chapter was suffering, but a few of the members wanted to give it ‘one more kick at the can.’ Since then, Wendy has become the face of Landscape Ontario in London. The ability to plan events and focus on the details, coupled with a real passion for the industry has made her the glue that holds the chapter together. And it’s never been stronger.
When not busy with these two roles, she operates a
Saturday morning market garden shop in her hometown of St. Thomas. ‘Retail therapy’ as Wendy quips.
Quiet and humble, Wendy Harry is never one to seek out praise. But it is praise she deserves. For all of her hard work and dedication to the industry she is our Not Your Average Josephine.