Alicia Conatser sure knows her tansies from her tuberoses.
She can identify six kinds of magnolia trees and name more than 25 varieties of roses. The young gardener can tell you the difference between the bark on a cucumber tree and the bark on a fringe tree.
She can do everything from list the ingredients in fertilizers and analyze soil samples, to diagnose plant diseases and discuss pest control.
And when it comes to being botanically correct, not only can the University of Tennessee plant and soil science graduate pronounce almost all the names of the 250 species of plants and shrubs she caretakes, she can spell