Rolf relaxing in the garden What do you do at Swanson's? I have been the Perennials Assistant Manager and now am a lead in the Perennials department. I've worked with buyer Alex LaVilla for 15 years. He's a great teacher.

Tell us a little about your professional experience and other interests: I went to college at Evergreen State and I was a Social Services Administrator for the Department of Insititutions/DSHS. My encore career was in horticulture, starting at the Herbfarm before my time at Swansons. Besides gardening, my interests are in music, hiking, writing, birding and skiing. I've also translated my grandfather's autobiography from Swedish to English.

What was your first plant? My first plants were native wildflowers in Southern Sweden and Gray's Harbor. As a child, I gathered buckets of Trillium Ovatum each Spring and, among many plants, this is one of my favorite flowers.

What is your favorite gardening resource (book, website, etc.)? Anything Piet Oudolf has written and many herb books or anything I can get my hands on about gardening as I am an avid reader. Gardens Illustrated is my favorite gardening magazine.

What is your favorite season? By far, my favorite season is Autumn, followed by Spring's rebirth. But the beauty of Autumn is reflective and introspective and speaks to my joy of nature's abundance and change.

What is your favorite Seattle-area greenspace/park/garden? I am a member of Friends of Discovery Park and I love that park. Walking through the native plants and listening to the many birds is a respite and delight in our urban environment.

Where in the world would you most like to visit? Patagonia.

What is your greatest extravagance? My visit every other year to my "stuga" cabin at Wychwood Gardens in Tasmania.

What is your favorite dish? Pickled herring and Limpa bread.

If you were a beverage, what would you be? Pirie champagne from Tasmania.

Give us a quick gardening tip: Put your heart into your creativity in the garden and be consistent with watering.

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