Anthony Venable of Washington, D.C., was the 2018 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.
A native of Washington, Anthony sid he has always had an interest in the flora and fauna of the region. Spending lots of time in the wooded areas near where he lived as a boy “really intensified” his love of nature, he said.
At age 9 he got his first plant, Chamaedoria elegans, Neanthe Bella Palm, and at 11 he began growing vegetables in containers on a window sill. Later, in Hyattsville, he expanded his repertoire, growing Phalaenopsis Orchids, Stevia rebaudiana, Sweetleaf, and Phyla dulcis, Aztec Sweet Herb, among many others. He is a member of the Maryland Native Plant Society.
Anthony has worked as a painter, a computer support technician and a piano mover. The internship, he said, was “a wonderful opportunity to fulfill my dreams of working outside with plants.”