10 Tips for Creating the Most Interesting Garden

A visit to Debra Knapke’s Northwest Columbus garden is always filled with valuable lessons. Just ask her former Columbus State University horticulture students now in prime green jobs throughout the region. 

Jared Hughes, owner of Groovy Plants Ranch in Marengo, recalls a class with Knapke when he naively took home a patch of her prickly pear cactus for his new succulent business. He ended up finding cacti hairs all over the interior of his new truck for days after that. Charlie Richardson, the lead gardener at Highland Youth Garden in the Hilltop, remembers class field trips to Knapke’s garden that helped bring the plants’ scientific names to life. 

“Deb is a role model and a breath of fresh air as a female expert and educator in a predominately male-run industry,” says Richardson. “She taught us to find our niche and capitalize on it.”