Ball Customer Day was astounding. All summer, the garden crew and two interns (known as Intern 1 and Intern A) prepared the Gardens at Ball for this event. Thousands of plants and 1,871 containers (as counted by Intern A), filled the gardens ready to great the 1,100 visitors from all over the world. Boy did they deliver!
Since one of Ball’s primary positions in the horticulture supply chain is that of a seed wholesaler and supplier, they open the gardens once a year for all of their customers that produce greenhouse plants. This gives their customers the chance to come to the gardens and see new 2018 varieties, speak to Ball Seed reps, tour the seed labs, and learn new market trends. Sometimes, if they move quickly enough, they may even get the chance to say a quick “hello” to Anna Ball herself–current president and CEO of the company.
As an intern, my task was to basically walk through the gardens and help out as needed with any questions. The weather was gorgeous, and I loved being outside of the office for the day. The sense of joy and excitement of the visitors was infectious as they exclaimed over plants I had seen multiple times this summer. It brought me back to exactly why I’m in this industry: the sense of joy and happiness that colorful plants can bring to the world, one seed at a time.