Black History Month: PSS’s Pebbles Bush looks back on horticulturist career
By: Sandra Addo
Texas Tech University's College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) is proud to partner with the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to celebrate Black History Month. This month is a celebration of African American history and accomplishments. The holiday is observed annually in February in the United States.
Although the month's history has roots dated back to the early 1900's, it wasn't until 1976 when U.S. presidents officially designated February as Black History Month. Today, an annual celebration of Black History Month is celebrated throughout the year by countries all over the world.
"As we go through Black History Month, we celebrate the accomplishments of those who have graduated through our college," said Sandra Addo, CASNR's Administrator for Diversity & Graduate Student Recruitment." "This month, we highlight two influential alumni from our college."
Pebbles Bush is native of Cleveland, Ohio, and was a 2014 graduate from CASNR, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Ornamental Horticulture from Tech's Department of Plant & Soil Science. Since leaving the university, she has pursued and been awarded an Environment Leadership Program Fellowship. She is currently enrolled in a Graduate Certificate program at Colorado State University in Conservation Actions with Land, Animals and People. Additionally, she has been featured in a book by Andrea Modica on horticulture design.
Since 1999, Bush has served as a Horticulturist at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, serving in essential areas all over the zoo. She has spent her entire career in the horticulture industry and created a name for herself in the Cleveland area – enough to warrant her a spot in a gallery done by the Cleveland Museum of Art. The featured art was "one of a series of portraits of women who have launched nontraditional careers with help from the Cleveland organization, Hard Hatted Women. To view more information and to see Bush's post, view the art museum's website.
To get to know her a little better, Bush took some time to answer some questions.
What is your favorite TTU memory?
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Where is your favorite place you've ever traveled?
Tillamook Forest (Oregon)
What do you do in your spare time?
Birdwatching and Ethnic Eats
What is your favorite movie?
What's something most people don't know about you?
I love watching Hallmark mysteries
What do you currently do for work?
I'm a Horticulturist at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
How did you get involved in this field?
My mom had quite the green thumb and it rubbed off on me. So, I decided to enroll in the Plant Science program at my local community college and eventually got an internship at a garden center, which turned into a full-time job.
What does "A Day in the Life" look like for you?
My day begins in the rainforest building where I care for tropical plants. I eventually go outside and into the greenhouse to gather browse plants for animal consumption. I also care for two greenhouses in the upper zoo area. Winter is a time for planning, so, I research plants for spring planting.
What's the coolest project you've worked on?
Preparing our Titan Arum to be exhibited to the public. Visitors stood in line for hours to see it.
What is your proudest achievement?
Finally getting my bachelor's degree
What advice do you have for current students?
Use your head and follow your heart. Do what you feel most passionate about.
Finally, finish this sentence: In 10 years –
I will be an environmental justice advocate who helped to stem the tide of climate change.
CONTACT: Sandra Addo, Administrator for Diversity & Graduate Student Recruitment, College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Texas Tech University at (806) 742-2808 or email@example.com
Editor's Note: To read more information about Texas Tech University and events related to Black History Month, visit the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion website here