The un­sung he­roes of the in­dus­try

Outdoor Lifestyle Magazine - - Contents - By SCOTT SIM - WOOD­STOCK, ON

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.

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