Meet Our Interns

Maddy Dubelko

Major: Horticulture

Graduation: May 2019

Arboretum Start Date: Spring 2017

I always was obsessed with gardening and plants, and I wanted to know how to take care of plants and how to make them look better. So I decided to major in horticulture at Purdue. Around campus you can usually find me either in the arboretum office or driving around on the arboretum’s solar powered golf cart. I enjoy working for the arboretum because it helps me keep my plant identification skills sharp,  hone my design skills and educate other students about the plants on campus. After I graduate Purdue I plan on attending graduate school.

Natascha Lo

Major: Landscape Architecture

Graduation: May 2021

Arboretum Start Date: Spring 2017

I originally started out studying Biology at Purdue but quickly realized it wasn’t for me. Changing my major for the second time, I found Landscape Architecture and quickly fell in love. I started working for the Arboretum shortly thereafter. Growing up and always having to be a part of gardening, I should have known that I should study something that has to do with plants. Working for the Arboretum has shown me the true beauty of plants that so many take for granted and the importance of knowing your plants. I hope to be able to share all that I’ve learned, and continue to learn, with others!

Corinne Lucas

Major: Landscape Architecture

Graduation: May 2022

Arboretum Start Date: Spring 2018

Growing up, my family and I would always visit the Indianapolis Museum of Art. My favorite part of the day was always walking through the gardens. I loved how peaceful and beautiful they were regardless of the style of garden. Whether it was the more formal gardens or the untouched woods, I was fascinated. It wasn’t till I came to Purdue that I found Landscape Architecture. It combines my love of art and design with my love of nature and the outdoors and proves to be a perfect fit. Being a part of the Arboretum has taught me to appreciate nature even more and has shown me the beauty of its wide diversity. In the future I hope to continue with my education and someday design beautiful spaces for all kinds of people to enjoy.

Zac Cody

Major: Landscape Architecture

Graduation: May 2022

Arboretum Start Date: Summer 2019

Growing up, I was fortunate to be able to foster a deep respect for the environment through travels with my parents and through their professions as a biologist and naturalist. In high school, I enrolled in an engineering and architecture program called Project Lead the Way where I found my passion for design. First I was studying Wildlife but quickly realized that it was not the right major for me, but it did allow me to learn valuable land ethics and focus on important environmental issues. My love of nature and design led me to choose Landscape Architecture as my career path, which has been a perfect fit for me. Designing environmentally friendly and artistically beautiful landscapes is what I wish to pursue through my future career in Landscape Architecture. Through working at the Purdue Arboretum, I hope to sharpen my plant identification skills as well as learn practical skills pertaining to Horticulture and Landscape Architecture.

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