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Jacinta Bickford

Jay, NY

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To obtain a position in a greenhouse setting, specializing in propagation. To expand my knowledge & experience in the horticultural field. To increase my managerial skills.

Work Experience

Residential Estate Gardener

Private Residence
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Saranac Lake, NY
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2004 to Present

installations, care of multiple perennial gardens. Weeding, deadheading, applying home remedy pesticides & repellents, staking & hooping, creative design with stone borders, seed collection & propagation of perennials& annuals, edging, pruning of trees & shrubs, water application over all grounds & gardens, use of automatic timer systems, annual plantings, pest & pathogen monitoring. Use of light machinery ie) string trimmer, leaf blower, mower. Fall cut back and winter preparation - caging off shrubs, mulching. Part-time position 2004-2006. Full-time position 2007-2012(present) 
Reference: will be given if granted interview, I do not wish to inform my current employer that I am seeking other opportunities at this time.

Residential Estate Gardener

Private Residences
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Lake Placid, NY
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2001 to 2007

Lake Placid, NY, sites #1 & 2: Grounds keeping @ two different camps, same owners, vast amount of annual plantings (window boxes & barrels), plant material calculations, selections, & installations, care throughout the season. Design, installations, & care of multiple perennial gardens, perennial selection, 
 
Employment Con't 
weeding, propagation via seed, division & air layering, mulching, deadheading, applying home remedy pesticides & repellents, staking & hooping, fertilization scheduling for all gardens & plantings, creative design w/ stone borders & dry stacked walls. Sole gardener for the premises, responsible for the purchase & use of all landscaping materials. 
Reference: Doris Spotts, caretaker (518) 523-9033 
 
Self-employed Residential Estate Gardener, Private Residence, Lake Placid, NY, site #3 
Care of all perennial gardens & window boxes on premises from spring to fall. Includes weeding, deadheading, division & transplanting, edging, creative design, nursery selection of annuals & perennials, light pesticide application, fertilization scheduling, staking plants, cut flower arranging, bulb planting, fall cut back. Sole gardener for the premises, responsible for the purchase & use of all landscaping materials. 
Reference: Rita Wilkins (518) 523-2000

Nursery Yard Manager, Mountain Valley Garden Center

Retail Greenhouse
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1998 to 2001

Lake Placid, NY 
@ Garden Center: care of all plants on premises, including retail sale, display, fertilization, pruning, landscape installation, watering, light pesticide application, wreath making, fresh garland roping, operation of skid steer & fork lift, some floral arranging, deliveries, cash management 
@ Greenhouse Range: management & organization of 16,000SF of greenhouses plus propagation house, seed scheduling, propagation via seed, cuttings, & division. Pest monitoring & diagnosis, light pesticide & hormone application, light manipulation/forcing, fertilization & watering schedule, use of timers w/ misting systems, transplanting, care of houseplants, annuals, poinsettias, perennials. Familiar with drip irrigation, light manipulation, temperature control, sterilization of equipment, & general greenhouse maintenance. 
Reference unavailable: owner, Thom Maxwell, dissolved his business & moved out of the area several years ago.

Education

AAS in Landscape Development & Floriculture Production

SUNY Cobleskill

1998 to 2000

Liberal Arts

North Country Community College

1996 to 1998

Skills

For the past 8 years I have been a residential estate gardener, firstly self-employed, then as a full-time position at one location. The estate where I am currently employed was featured in the July 2007 issue of Better Homes & Gardens. Prior to that, I was the grower/manager at a small scale (16,000SF & seed house) production range & garden center for 3 years. Unfortunately, my employer suffered a stroke and had to dissolve his business. I am now ready to get back into greenhouse production, as that is where my long term goals are.I am energetic & enthusiastic, I am organized & meticulous, and I love what I do.I have education & experience in this exact horticultural field. I am highly motivated and self-directed, and work well without supervision. I enjoy working with others, and have been responsible for the management of others, though on a small scale. I have retail experience, & so am comfortable dealing with the general public. I have excellent technical skills (including greenhouse pest & pathogen identification), & vast index of plant identification & care. I am very organized and a quick learner. I like to progress in my knowledge & skill, as well as being part of a progressive team. Above all, I love to grow.

Additional Information

Qualifications 
I have education & experience in this exact horticultural field. I am highly motivated and self-directed, and work well without supervision. I enjoy working with others, and have been responsible for the management of others, though on a small scale. I have retail experience, & so am comfortable dealing with the general public. I have excellent technical skills (including greenhouse pest & pathogen identification), & vast index of plant identification & care. I am very organized and a quick learner. I like to progress in my knowledge & skill, as well as being part of a progressive team. Above all, I love to grow.