US (UT): Brian Daines and his 27 years of growing flowers on campus

For almost 27 years, Brian Daines has been growing and planting the flowers found in the flower beds and gardens all around the campus of Utah State University.

Daines was born and raised in Cache Valley and now lives in Hyde Park. Before taking the job at USU, he worked in a retail greenhouse. Daines’ official title is greenhouse manager, but he refers to himself as “the campus gardener.”

Shane Richards, the Landscape Operations and Maintenance manager at USU, described Daines’ busy job as the greenhouse manager.

“He grows all the annual flowers, which are usually the pretty bright ones all over campus, in a greenhouse,” Richards said. “He usually starts in January or February for the late spring, early summer ones, and then he starts planting again for the fall.”

Although these plants are only on display during the spring and summer months, Daines and his team are working behind the scenes year-round to make it happen.

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