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Jason Wiley

970 • 231 • 8825

Lead Horticulturist • Landscape Designer

Amateur Landscape Architect­

grdnmann@gmail.com
Executive Summary:
To be a member of an innovative horticulture based company leading the way in new creative ideas and using the latest technology
and education in the industry.
Brief Bio:
As small child I enjoyed growing up on a sod farm east of Brighton, CO. We had rolling hills of grass, pivot irrigation systems to
play on, tire swings, and large trees to climb. Additionally, my dad
had a huge vegetable garden and my grandmother had lots of annuals. I found myself fascinated by surrounding environment and
been intrigued with plants ever since.

Interests:
I currently enjoy creating unique sustainable environments that
evoke an emotional response from the human condition and thus
give a sense of awareness to one’s surroundings. I also love incorporating fruits and vegetables into the ornamental landscape and
not only making the landscape beautiful, but productive as well.
I also have interests in CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture
organic farms) and Urban Renewal Projects.

Work Experience:
Lead Horticulturist ­| Garden Thyme Inc.
Residential Maintenance and Design
May 2012 - Present | Fort Collins, CO
Supervised and executed daily operations of watering, irrigating, fertilizing, pruning, weeding, deadheading, planting, and plant ordering • Diagnosed and treated plant pests and diseases with natural and synthetic chemicals • Scheduled horticultural maintenance • Consulted
with clients, nurseries, and growers • Designed and presented new landscape proposals •
Supervised and executed Christmas light installations • Attended Colorado ProGreen Expo
• Maintained communication between supervisors and seasonal employees • Resolved conflicts, and consulted with other supervisors and the HR manager about the productivity, safety
and overall work ethic of employees.

Hanging Christmas Lights

Landscape Designer and Horticulturist
Normandin Landscape and Construction
Commercial Maintenance and Design
May 2010 - Nov 2011 | Fort Collins, CO 
Contact Pat Normandin at (970) 567-1469

*This company took over the Landscape Contract of HMS Contractor
Inc (the following employer) and
took over the same landscape operations at the Anheuser-Busch campus.

Horticulture Supervisor
Supervised and executed daily horticulture operations • Consulted with Anheuser-Busch and
HMS Contractor, Inc.
local and growers • Produced, presented, and sold landscape proposals • Designed annual beds
Commercial Maintenance and Design
and container plantings • Scheduled horticultural maintenance • Gained OSHA Certification
May 2007 - May 2010| Fort Collins, CO 
(970) 266-1685
*Most operations were done at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery located in Fort Collins, CO.

Horticulturist
Phoenix Zoo
Sept 2006 - May 2007 | Phoenix, AZ
Contact Scott Frische (602) 273-1341 x7629
sfrische@thephoenixzoo.com

Planned and executed small scale horticulture operations • Maintained ‘Harmony Farm’
in an agricultural theme • Pruned trees • Planted trees, annuals, vegetables and perennials appropriate for a agricultural effect • Maintained fruit trees and shrubs • Cultivated
vegetable garden • Gathered animal browse (appropriate plant material from the landscape for animal use and consumption) • Structured and maintained irrigation systems.

Crew Member
Rocky Mountain Youth Conservation Corps
Summer 2004 - Seasonal | Estes Park, CO
Contact Nancy Wilson or Anna Lindstedt
(970) 586-0108 x15

Surveyed Rocky Mountain National Park to determine
forest conditions, distribution and abundance of fauna
and flora • Worked with specialists in desired fields to
obtain and develop data for programs • Restructured and
improved hiking trails

Greenhouse Work Study Student
Casper College Greenhouse
Sept 2003 - May 2004 | Casper, WY
Contact Evert Brown
(307) 268-2407
ebrown@caspercollege.edu

Mixed and applied pesticides • Fertilized, watered, weeded, transplanted, and thinned plants • Prepared plants for
installation in display areas • Prepared indoor display
beds according to work plan

I am sitting on the far right.

Education:
Landscape Architecture
Colorado State University
Aug 2009 - May 2011 | Fort Collins, CO
Advisor: Jane Choi (970) 491-4298
jane.choi@colostate.edu

Significant courses include: Form and Expression in Garden Design, Drawing the
Landscape, Landscape Design and Construction, Digital Methods, Landscape Ecology,
History of the Designed Landscape, Geology, and Fundamentals of the Landscape
Design Processes
• Other significant courses include: Interior Design 496: Applications of Design

Applied Biological Sciences with a
concentration in Urban Horticulture
Arizona State University
Polytechnic Campus
Aug 2004 - May 2007 | Mesa, AZ
Professor: Chris Martin (480) 727-1247
chris.martin@asu.edu

Significant courses include: Horticulture, Landscape Plants and Design, Soil Science,
Plant Anatomy and Physiology, Urban Forestry, Landscape and Turf Irrigation, Organic
Gardening, Plant Pathology, Golf and Sports Turf Management, Genetics, Greenhouse /
Nursery Management, Plant Propagation, Ecology and Restoration, Urban Parks, Green
Roof Sustainable Technology, and Environmental Biology
• More than 45 hours of company-sponsored, degree-related coursework
• Consistently at the top 10% of all horticulture courses

Associates of Science in General Studies
Casper College
Aug 2002 - May 2004 | Casper, WY
Advisor: Evert Brown
(307) 268-2407
ebrown@caspercollege.edu

Significant courses include Biological Sciences, Marketing, English Composition,
Creative Writing in the Wild, Agriculture Economics, Bioethics, Philosophy, Interpersonal Communication, Public Speaking and Mathematics



Maintained a 3.6 grade point average while working
Financed studies by part-time work at Casper College Greenhouse

Computer Skills:

Photoshop

Illustrator

InDesign

AutoCad

3DS Max

Awards:

Community:













PAVE 2011 Student Design Competition, sponsored by
Sephora ­| Certificate of Appreciation
Daniels Fund Scholar (full ride scholarship and college prep)
Rotary Club Student of the Month
High School Salutatorian and Graduate Speaker

Sketchup

Google Earth

Windows

Denver Botanic Gardens
Rocky Mountain Bonsai Society
Museum of Contemporary Art - Denver
Museum of Nature and Science
Urban Exploration

References:

Qualifications:

Jane Choi • Colorado State University
Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and founder of
c2 | studio, an award-winning landscape architecture practice



Extensive Horticulture Knowledge in subtropical, temperate, desert, and mesic Environments



Educated in Landscape Architecture,
Architecture, and Interior Design



Familiar with Urban Farm and Urban Renewal
Projects



Practiced Commercial and Residential Maintenance and Design



Educated in Sociological and Psychological
Responses to People and their Environments



7 Years in a Leader / Supervisor Role



Graphic Art, Digital Rendering, and Hand
Rendering Skills

(970) 491-4298 • jane.choi@colostate.edu

Debbie Harrison • Anheiser-Busch • Tour Center Manager
(970) 227-7449

‘Jason set goals to push his creativity and design skills and technological understanding to the limits... I have rarely seen such determination to achieve the best
solution, and deliver it in such a professional manner... His humble and astute
critique of other students projects to help them improve their solutions made him
a respected and sought after peer... I have to confess I tried to steal Jason to our
side of the campus.’

Katharine Leigh, PhD • Colorado State University
Professor of Interior Design
(970) 491-5042 • katharine.leigh@colostate.edu

Jim Roberts • Plantorium Greenhouse • Owner/Operator
(970) 566-6338

The Human Landscape and the West
Jason Wiley

Written in Aug. 2010, Published in Company Newsletter 2012


If you take a pictures of most landscapes and post them on the web for all to see, no one would know where in the world
they are. It could look like almost anywhere! Why would someone want something that they are surrounded by to be generic and not
unique? Why do people cling onto these sheared shrubs and fields of bluegrass? These things are usually the ‘idealistic landscape’
of the common population. Many of these sheared shrubs and exotic plants need constant maintenance and replacement. These
landscapes also do not blend well into the natural beauty of the surrounding semi-arid plains of Colorado. They feel misplaced and
over-managed unlike the natural surroundings. Furthermore, by shearing shrubs and by having a multitude of incongruent plants (as
opposed to plant communities), vegetation is looked at as individual objects rather than a landscape as a whole.

I had an awww-hhhhaaa moment! This is a question about familiarity. People cling to what is familiar to them. This is why
chain restaurants such as McDonald’s and stores such as Wal-Mart are so successful. They are everywhere, therefore; they are familiar
to everyone. People are familiar with the idealized sheared European landscapes and the English Garden. Sterile monotone sheared
gardens come from our sense to control nature. On the other hand, the love for bright colored flowers and exotic plants with large foliage may stem from our primeval instinct.

When people were still gatherers, humans learned that food came from lush fruiting trees and shrubs. People want lush green
landscapes because it represents the fruiting and productive gathering places of our past. Going back to our primary instincts to survive...to know in our minds that we can gather food... is to be safe.

Can we blame people for wanting to be in a place of familiarity? As said by Edward Abbey in Desert Solitaire, people are
“afraid of the unknown”. If you look at how long the Western United States has been settled as compared to the beginning of mankind,
it is very small. People are not used to this environment... they are unfamiliar with it. Therefore, man creates in his surroundings what
is known to him... the productive, fruiting, moist landscape of the past or the sterile sheared landscape which suits the need to control
nature.

We continue to create this land into something that it is NOT even when we no longer need to live in these places in order to
survive. It as a spiraling staircase of unsustainable practices in a so called ‘Green’ era. We are running shorter and shorter on fuel to
produce and transport all of the energy and resources to keep these man-made unsustainable landscapes from dying out and reverting
back to its natural state. It is irresponsible to use this resources in such an extreme way for something that we no longer need.

I once told someone that Colorado is “semi-desert”. There response was “no it’s not. It is better than that!” Are people so
engulfed by the man-made environment that they think that it is natural and should be there? If so, they should take a drive outside the
city and take a look around! What will they see? In the east they will see plowed fields or acres of corn or wheat and street sides that
are covered in non-native weeds. This is probably most people’s concept of the natural plains. If you were to go a true natural area in
the Colorado plains (which is hard to find because it has been destroyed by agriculture and urban sprawl) you would find native grasses, rabbitbrush, sagebrush, a yucca or two and maybe even a cactus. In the wetter areas, you would find some cottonwoods or willows.
This is a high altitude semi-desert! As far as the remark “It is better than that!” Why is a semi-arid plain “better” than somewhere
mesic (where it rains more)? It goes back to the primeval instinct of gathering food. If you believe in Creation, God created things all
equal. All things are equal just different... Everything has beauty but not everyone can see it.

This concept should not be looked upon as a problem but rather an opportunity. It is an opportunity to create a true sense of
place. To be creative and create something unique should bring a sense of excitement. This is an opportunity to promote a new experience of a passerby and grab their attention. By using plants that are native or adapted to the semi-arid high altitude climate of Colorado and local native building materials, along with a strong conceptual design, we can create something that is uniquely Colorado. This
can be an art in itself to create spaces that are truly unique and complement the natural environment while still supporting sociological
values.

People travel to experience places that are truly unique - Rome, Yellowstone, The Grand Canyon, Yosemite, the Pyramids - so
why would we not keep this unique sense of place where we live?
So how can we change people’s primeval instincts in what is good? Can We?


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