Volunteer Spotlight: Erica Husting

smiling woman surounded by flowersErica Husting is a current graduate student at the University of Washington studying to get her Masters in Library and Information Sciences (MLIS). With a love for all things books and information, Erica hopes to one day work in a library and contribute to the institutions that inspired her passion to read and explore.

Erica is a volunteer with the Elisabeth C. Miller Library. She first discovered the library in the first few months of her program during an MLIS alumni mixer. On a typical day, Erica attends the front circulation desk, assisting patrons with checking out materials, compiling information for the Plant Answer Line, and drafting social media content. Her favorite place at the UW Botanic Gardens to visit during her free time is the Arboretum – especially during the spring!

While Erica is rather new to the horticulture field, she grew up in a horticulture household – her parents actually met during their Horticulture 101 class at Cal Poly close to forty years ago. As a recent Seattle arrival hailing from Northern California, most recently San Francisco, Erica is still in awe of the nature and beauty of the Pacific Northwest. As a city dweller for most of her adult life, Erica is especially fascinated with urban gardening and gardening in small spaces. While she is still learning to master growing her indoor houseplants, she hopes to start a P-Patch Community Garden plot during her time in Seattle.

While it is extremely hard to choose just one favorite plant, a top contender is Lavender. This is mostly due to the fond memories she has from her grandparents’ garden in Alexander Valley, California. If she could be a tree, she would be a Bougainvillea tree.

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