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ASSOCIATES | Wallace Owen
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Wallace completed the certificate program in Golf Turf Maintenance from Rutgers University while working as a greens-keeper at the Salisbury Country Club in Midlothian, Virginia. Moving to California to see what life was like without humidity, he continued to work in the turf industry at Lakeside Country Club in Toluca Lake. As he realized that his love for plants went beyond simply turf, he enrolled at Pierce College to broaden his general horticultural education. While at Pierce, he started volunteering in the camellia forests at Descanso Gardens in La Canada, where they eventually offered him a position as a full-time gardener.

Among his daily responsibilities were the well-being of the gardens around the Boddy House and the Haaga Art Gallery, including the tall living walls and the green roof. He also worked weekly in the California Native Gardens, and in the Rose and the Camellia Gardens when additional help was required.

Whether the goal was to create the best playable greens for a golf tournament, or maintaining a botanical garden where people simply came to walk, sit, relax and enjoy, Wallace always felt his work was of benefit to many. What gives him great personal satisfaction is to build and maintain a garden he knows someone will use and appreciate and with Fleur Nooyen and Associates he feels he belongs to a company that shares that desire.

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