At Work With...Vince Marrocco

VInce Marocco

WHO HE IS: Chief horticulturist, Morris Arboretum

YEARS AT PENN: 12 years

WHAT HE DOES: Marrocco is responsible for the general upkeep of the entire 92-acre arboretum, and manages both the spacious gardens and its green-thumbed staff. Essentially, if this was a golf course, I d be the course manager, Marrocco says.

BUSY LATELY?: Spring is a busy time at Morris the busiest time of the year, actually. Really, what we do in the spring dictates what the garden will do the rest of the year, Marrocco says. It s really crunch time for us.

CONTACT INFO: The Arboretum is located at 100 Northwestern Ave. in Chestnut Hill. Starting in April, the gardens will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. For information, call 215-247-5777 or go to www.business-services.upenn.edu/arboretum.

Originally published on March 31, 2005