|Kelly J. Mahl|
Plant Materials Specialist
Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center
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B.Sc. - The Ohio State University, 2001
Area of emphasis: Horticulture
As Plant Materials Specialist for the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), Kelly Mahl
appreciates the diversity of work and responsibilities. "There is no typical day. I love the wide span of responsibilities that come with the territory. Some days will be spent in the greenhouse seeding annuals while others are spent outside maintaining our Perennial Gardens," explains the Ohio State Landscape Horticulture graduate Mahl.
Based in Wooster, Ohio, Mahl maintains a 3 acre old fashioned Garden of Legend and Romance Roses in the Secrest Arboretum, grows annuals for use on the grounds and is actively involved in the installation and maintenance of the perennial gardens on the OSU Wooster campus. Mahl credits Ohio State with helping her see the possibilities in horticulture, "Without a doubt in my mind the most influential experience at OSU had to be the Study Abroad Program in England. It completely opened my eyes to so many options and ideas. I can't say enough good about the Program and would recommend it to anyone. It was a chance of a lifetime and I am glad that I took advantage of going."
Mahl recalls a passage from the "The Prayer of the Woods" to explain the role plants play in our lives:
"I am the heat of your hearth
On the cold, winter nights;
The friendly shade screening you
From the summer sun.
My fruit are refreshing draughts
Quenching your thirst as you journey on.
I am the beam that holds your house,
The board of your table,
The bed on which you lie,
The timber that builds your boat.
I am the bread of kindness
And the flower of beauty.
You who pass by -
Listen to my prayer:
Harm me not"