Charlotte A. L’Esperance, a Master of Landscape Architecture student at Morgan State University, is the 2016 summer intern at Cylburn Arboretum.The internship program is co-sponsored by the Horticultural Society of Maryland, the Cylburn Arboretum Association and the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, each of which contributed $2,500.

“Charlotte has trained as a [Baltimore County] Master Gardener and knows her way around the garden,” said Patricia A. Foster, executive director of the Cylburn Arboretum Association. “She will be a huge asset to us this summer.”

Students in the Morgan State program are often chosen for the internship. But Charlotte, a landscape consultant, brings some unusual credentials to the job. She co-founded a metal design and fabrication business in Baltimore and worked there 14 years. Before that she owned and operated Motor City Bar, “a high-volume lounge” in New York City, for four years. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in photography from the College for Creative Studies.