Andrew in the nurseryWhat do you do at Swanson's? I work in the nursery, focusing on trees and shrubs, but you can find me pretty much anywhere around Swansons.  Tell us a little about your professional background and other interests: I started out working in landscaping doing install and stonework about 10 years ago. Over time I've wanted to focus and learn more about plants and have slowly transitioned to nursery work, which I love. I'm also starting graduate school at the UW for landscape architecture. Other than that, I love skiing, hiking, and reading.

What was your first plant? I can't recall, but I think I might just say my grandfather's sugar maples (Acer saccharum) that he planted around our house. They're beautiful trees, many breaching 80 feet tall.

What is your favorite gardening resource (book, website, etc.)? My coworkers of course. But beyond them I like to browse the extension office and research stations online. Michael Dirr's Manual of Woody Landscape Plants is my go to.

What is your favorite season? Winter! You get to really see the bones of a garden. There's a lot of raw beauty. It's also a great time for planning and learning.

What is your favorite Seattle-area greenspace/park/garden? Chittendon Locks. I absolutely love the space.

Where in the world would you most like to visit? Japan – the perfect conjunction of food, skiing, gardens, history, and architecture.

What is your greatest extravagance? I would have to say skiing, it's just not a cheap sport but I absolutely love it.

What is your favorite dish? Butterflied roast chicken on the grill with a menagerie of herbs smothered between the skin and meat.

If you were a beverage, what would you be? A glass of Talisker scotch.

What is your most marked characteristic? Curiosity?

Give us a quick gardening tip: It always starts and ends with the soil – take care of it and it will take care of you.

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