Meet Our Interns


Bryce Patz – Collection Manager

Major: Public Horticulture
Graduated: May 2015
Arboretum Start Date: January 2013

Growing up, I had the privilege living on three different Indiana state park properties. Being submerged in Indiana’s natural beauty, I knew I wanted a career working within nature and the outdoors in some capacity. When I came to Purdue, I found Public Horticulture and loved the idea of preserving and providing green spaces in urban settings so others can have a connection with nature. I joined the Purdue Arboretum team in January of 2013 and quickly found my niche. Because of my experiences and skills I have gained at the Purdue Arboretum, I became a summer intern in 2014 at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston, which has greatly influenced my career path in the arboreta world. After graduation, I plan on obtaining my masters in water and soil management and eventually take an administrative role at an arboretum or garden.


Keegan Kirsch

Major: Landscape Horticulture and Design
Expected Graduation: 2017
Arboretum Start Date: 2015

I chose the green industry because I really enjoy working outdoors and I love working with plants. Once I graduate I want to move out west and start my own landscaping business. The Purdue Arboretum helps me with my landscaping job I have in my hometown by working with plant names and kept up to date on the different type of plants.


Olivia Coon

Major:  Public Horticulture
Expected Graduation: 2016
Arboretum Start Date:  2015.

I decided on a career in Horticulture because I love being outside, working in the dirt and creating beautiful landscapes. After graduation, my dream job is to work as a landscape gardener at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. But until then, working with the Arboretum is a great opportunity to broaden my knowledge of the industry and gain practical experience in the Horticultural field.


Sarah Axtell

Major: Landscape Horticulture and Design
Expected Graduation: May 2017
Arboretum Start Date: January 2015

My passion for plants and the outdoors is what lead me to choose a career path in the green industry. During summer 2014, I did a study abroad in England and enjoyed the experience of studying their landscape techniques and culture. In the future, I plan to continue my studies in the horticulture field, gain experience by interning with the Purdue Arboretum, and ultimately become a Landscape designer.

Dawn Tse

Dawn Tse

Major: Landscape Architecture
Expected Graduation: May 2018
Arboretum Start Date: May 2014

Growing up in the busy city of Hong Kong, I found that we often overlook nature. It inspired me to become someone who was able to balance both human activities and create more opportunity to enjoy nature. When I came to Purdue, I found Landscape Architecture which combines my passion of designing and manipulating green spaces. I joined the Arboretum in May of 2014. It had given not only tree identification skills, but also the fundamental knowledge of how to maintain and grown woody ornamentals. I plan on continuing my degree in Landscape Architecture and develop public green spaces and parks for recreation and restoration.

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