At Work with...Mel Garcia and Johnny Rodriquez

WHO THEY ARE: Garcia (left) and Rodriguez are two of 11 groundskeepers at Penn.

YEARS AT PENN: Garcia, 6; Rodriguez, 2

WHAT THEY DO: The groundskeepers keep Penn’s campus green, planting annual flowers and shrubs in 10 acres of flowerbeds, mowing, seeding and sodding 30 acres of lawn, and pruning hundreds of trees. In addition to routine maintenance such as spring planting in May, shown here, they also handle event-related and specific requests, such as trash and debris cleanup after events or individual plantings.

CONTACT INFO: Facilities Customer Service, 215-898-7208

Photo by Tommy Leonardi

Originally published on June 20, 2002