Mary Maloney

Parks & Gardens

Ohio State University Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens
Columbus, Ohio

B.Sc. - The Ohio State University, 1979
Area of emphasis: Horticulture

Mary Maloney shares her love of horticulture with the public by managing the education and volunteer programs for the Chadwick Arboretum. "I am fortunate that my avocation is also my profession," says Maloney. "My refuge is in the plant world. I think that this would have been the case regardless of my profession -- plants and their vigor, diversity, and beauty have always been integral in my life."
Whether giving a tour to a local gardening club or bringing in Franklin County Master Gardener volunteers to educate a youth group, Maloney uses plants to bring people together. "Plants provide the common base for all of us to thrive -- for food, for shelter, for clothing, and for enjoyment."

Maloney fondly recalls her horticultural trek across Africa. "As a horticulturist I was selected to participate with nine other educators and scientists from various disciplines. My focus was on medicinal uses of plants. The backpacking trek followed the 1874 route that explorer Henry Morton Stanley followed to verify the sources of the Nile and Congo Rivers."

"My on-campus work experience with the OSU Grounds Crew was a milestone for me," Maloney explains. "I wasn’t really in horticulture at that time, but my work mates and the dynamic of that summer experiences led me to the halls of Howlett to study horticulture."

Maloney offers four sage pieces of advice to students. "Try to experience as many internships as possible. Make it a priority to travel abroad as part of your studies. Seek classes that are taught by noted scholars regardless of their application to your major. And finally, find a place to include advanced studies in your life-time plan."