Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum is seeking a student interested in hands-on educational interpretation and revitalization of an historic garden. When Mrs. Patterson donated her husband’s farm to the state of Maryland in 1983, it included a formal food and flower garden designed by renowned landscape architect Rose Greely.  Garden maintenance has ebbed and flowed over the years depending on staff interest and availability to tend it. Now, with our new horticulture division, and restoration of the Patterson greenhouse, we are prepared to employ Rose’s original 1935 design to inspire the garden’s restoration. This volunteer internship is for experience, and networking, and is unpaid. 

  • Application Deadline – all materials must be received by Friday, February 4, 2022. 
  • Internship Timeframe – 60 hours to be completed between March 1 to June 31, 2022.  
  • Requirements – minimum age to apply is 16 and must have reliable transportation. 


Our ideal candidate will be passionate about sustainable, agro-ecology based landscaping. Rose Greely’s original design included fruit trees, grapevines, vegetables and a variety of flowers. Our volunteer intern will be interested in propagating plants in the greenhouse and assisting the horticulturalist with hands-on educational workshops. Experience with landscaping, yard maintenance, a nursery, or familiarity with hand tools are preferred, but are not required.  

Scope of Work:  

Work will focus around programming and propagation in our newly renovated greenhouse.  

  • Historically grown vegetables include: beets, lettuce, onions, cabbage, bush beans, and strawberries 
  • Historically grown flowers include: gladiolas, zinnias, dahlias, impatiens, snapdragons, and marigolds 
  • Workshop themes includes: fig tree grafting, grapevine maintenance, pruning techniques, companion planting, and general garden tours