Longtime Seattle Parks and Recreation Gardener Patty Ward has retired, marking the end of an illustrious 30-year career throughout the parks system.
Patty started working for the Woodland Park Zoo as a laborer in 1985, before moving on to various landscape crew positions at the Gardens Work Atlantic Nursery, Japanese Garden, Kubota Gards, Woodland Park Rose Garden, and Jefferson Greenhouse.
In 1994, Patty became a gardener at Volunteer Park Conservatory working in both the lower production house, as well as the upper display houses.
Friends of the Conservatory members may remember Patty as the instructor of the extremely popular wreath making workshops offered each December during her tenure.
After 15 years at the Conservatory, Patty returned to the Japanese Garden, eventually attaining the role of Senior Gardener.
The FOC congratulates Patty on an amazing career, and wishes her all the best in her future adventures in retirement.