Luis Marmol is our intern from the School of Professional Horticulture at The New York Botanical Garden. He is drawing up a three-year horticultural historic restoration plan for the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum grounds. This includes restoring and reinterpreting the garden planting beds, the mansion entrance gates, adding color and new plantings to the pebble court garden, restoring the historic Horse Chesnut allée and overall bringing an Arts and Craft garden style to the garden. The work and research will prepare the grounds for the centennial of the International Garden Club in 2014, now the Bartow-Pell Conservancy.
After graduating from SUNY Buffalo in 2001, Luis worked as a middle school teacher in Manhattan ‘s Washington Heights neighborhood. There, he developed a school garden with his students –and discovered a latent passion for getting his hands dirty with plants and soil. That spurred him to pursue gardening as a career. In 2008, Luis started a year-long internship at the 400-year-old Amsterdam Botanical Garden , where he worked in the Herb Gardens and the Palm and Cycad Collection House. Later, he worked as a gardener for the Carnegie Foundation at The Peace Palace in The Hague , where he spent three years helping with the ongoing restoration of a century-old garden. He spent a great deal of time studying and researching Thomas Mawson’s design for the garden, and his research; uncovered significant evidence of earlier gardens at the site dating to 1712. Luis has also gardened in Provence and his native Peru, as well as studied the botany of Jamaica, Costa Rica, and Panama.
At NYBG, Luis has learned soil science, botany, plant identification, and landscape design and theory. Those theoretical studies have been reinforced by countless hours working rotations with the horticulture crew at NYBG. After helping out at the museum, Luis heads to Dumbarton Oaks in Washington DC , where he will complete a second three-month internship. At that historic garden, he will continue to do research pertaining to the Bartow-Pell grounds.