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The things you learn as a Timber Press intern

by Guest Poster on May 1, 2012

in Miscellaneous

Hello Timber-ites!

Vanessa Hargett, Timber Press intern and world traveler

As many of you may know it takes quite a lot to run a successful business, let alone one of the most successful gardening publishing companies. As a marketing intern, here at Timber, my new found position seemed a bit daunting, especially since I knew zilch about gardening. What are Hellebores? Can chickens really be in your garden? How much sun is too much sun? Phlox? Along with my daily tasks of updating the website, tracking book reviews, pulling quotes from articles, mailings, recording author events, and running progress reports, I was put through a ‘gardening 101’, if you will.

Since I came into this experience with no green thumb what so ever and having killed two orchids; Rest in peace Chauncey and Pepper. I must say that I have taken with me five very important gardening facts:

  1. Not all plants/flowers thrive in direct sunlight (Orchids!).
  2. Tulip bulbs can replace onions in a recipe.
  3. Sunflowers move throughout the day in response from the movement of the sun.
  4. Fruit trees can grow in small spaces.
  5. Plants and hedges can be used as buffers to drown out unwanted noise.

With my new gardening knowledge I will, hopefully, no longer be a danger to plants as well as use my creative side with potential gardening projects; like buying a new orchid.

During this internship I realized, I’ve never learned so much in such a short amount of time and been given the opportunity to apply it. While learning the ins and outs of the marketing field for publishing, even the smallest tasks play an equal part in completing the job. I want to extend a big thank you to everyone at Timber who made my internship a fun, positive, and learning experience. Here’s to happy gardening!

Vanessa Hargett


Thanks for the kind words, Vanessa. We will miss you!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Daren May 7, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Thanks for the quick tip on growing orchids! (trying to grow my own at the moment)

Timber Press sounds like a great place to work and learn. Nice overview!

2 Brian Ridder May 7, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Hi Daren,
We’ve been very lucky when it comes to our interns. If only we could give them all a job. Good luck with that orchid!

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