Gulf Coast intern Landen Rucker is spending his second summer in a row working with Landscape Workshop. He attends Mississippi State University, where he studies Landscape Contracting & Architecture. Landen has been a great addition to the team. As General Manager Chad Galloway says, “Landen is a positive guy who always has a smile on his face. He has an infectious attitude around the shop that uplifts those around him.”
How did you first become interested in the green industry?
From an early age I developed a great appreciation for the outdoors and the landscapes within. I began mowing yards and creating small landscapes at the age of 12 and continued to do so throughout my teenage years. When I came across the dual Landscape Architecture and Landscape Management major at Mississippi State University, I knew that it would properly equip me to work in any area that I desire, while still presenting me the opportunity to be outside creating and caring for landscapes as I always have.
Why did you decide to intern with LW?
This is actually my second year to intern with LW. As a lifelong resident of the Gulf Coast, I wanted to see what it was like to work with a company within the Southeast region. Now, after having worked with them for two summers, my passion for the coastal landscapes has grown such that I hope to remain in the region.
What is a “typical” day like?
A typical day varies often, as each property presents a different task. Communication in the mornings and upon arrival is key to ensuring each and every field hand knows what their role is on the property to ensure the property looks great upon departure.
What have you enjoyed most in your internship so far?
Getting to communicate and network with others in the same field and creating lasting relationships that I know I will always have no matter where I end up.
What is the most valuable lesson you have learned so far this summer?
The ability to communicate with your coworkers and clients can go a long way in creating long term relationships that allow you to maintain a great landscape.
Share a fun fact about yourself.
I am an AVID sports fan.