Keeping King's beautiful
November 20, 2018
As part of King’s commitment to improve and maintain the campus environment, Denver Greer has recently been hired as a Horticulture Technician, a new position to King’s Physical Plant department.
“I am excited to be working at a well-established organization like King’s,” Greer says. “It’s already a beautiful property that I look forward to providing long-term care for.”
“Everyone has been very welcoming,” Greer says of the King’s community. “It will be great to be working with a diverse group of people, and the students as well, because at the end of the day, they’re why we are all here.”
Greer says he hopes to meet everyone on campus and encourages everyone to introduce themselves when they see him.
Over the upcoming winter months, the King’s community will often see Greer working with King’s Groundskeeper Jason Austin, helping to maintain walkways and ensuring sidewalks are kept safe. At the same time, however, he will be working behind the scenes, developing the seasonal maintenance schedules for all aspects of groundskeeping as well as planning projects for the spring.
Those projects will include using plants to bring even more colour to the campus grounds and designing new gardens. “I want to bring everything to a new standard of quality,” Greer says.
Greer’s duties will include supervising the groundskeeping team, maintaining all the bushes and gardens on campus, pruning trees where needed, fertilizing plants and maintaining equipment.
Greer applied to King’s at the recommendation of a Fanshawe college professor who believed he would be a good fit for the role. Greer says his skills are unique in that he has worked in landscape construction and studies the latest software to design outdoor spaces to last and flourish.
Originally from Belleville, Ontario, Greer studied Landscape Design at Fanshawe College before working at TLC Landscaping for four years in London as a designer. As part of his position at TLC Landscaping, Greer met with homeowners to “create the best front and backyard living experience, based on their style, needs and wants.”
“I really enjoy seeing a project I designed come to fruition,” Greer says.
After high school, Greer worked for Wentworth Landscape, a Picton, Ontario firm that has won several Landscape Ontario awards for residential construction and maintenance.
“Growing up, I was always very artistic,” Greer says. It was during the two years working at Wentworth that he began to grow his interest in landscape design. “It allowed me to create something unique and different and help people enjoy their living area and enhance their lifestyles as well,” he says.
At King’s, the care for the environment is part of the College’s values in that we promote the ethical use and equitable sharing of the world’s resources. To this end, King’s has several initiatives including being a home to the endangered Chimney Swift, providing solar generated power to the grid, obtaining a Silver LEED certified status for the Student Life Centre and being a Fair Trade campus via our food services.