It’s hard to walk around campus at the University of Georgia and not come across some sort of greenery, whether it’s just a few flower bushes outside of a building, a green space like Herty Field, or a diverse garden like the Founders Garden. Students and faculty enjoy these spaces every day, but it’s rare that they meet the people who are responsible.
Many staff members in the Grounds Department within the Facilities Management Division help with the upkeep of our green spaces; however, Jason Hubbard, one of the horticulture specialists for the department, curates and maintains many of the gardens across campus himself.
Hubbard has been working at the University of Georgia for almost 19 years as a horticulture
specialist for the Facilities Management Division. On occasion he’ll teach a horticulture class, but right now he is focusing on maintaining campus gardens, including one between Aderhold
Hall and the U.S. Forest Service Station.
This garden in particular has taken a lot of work to grow. “The challenge is the opportunity, and that’s what this garden is,” Hubbard says. The garden is on a slope, so when it rains erosion would normally sweep the soil away; however, Hubbard has intentionally built rain gardens and terraced plant beds to keep the greenery where it is.
Hubbard says the most rewarding thing about his job is the interactions he has with others through his work. “It’s about reconnecting humans with the natural world, and by extension this garden does the same. Any endeavor that I do is just that.”