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Marion Whitehead


Marion has always had an affinity for plants and loved studying plant science at university, but now she is working with plants in a much more practical way at the Blue Mountains Botanic Garden Mount Tomah. Being an apprentice means that she is constantly learning new and varied skills as well as the passionate people in the Garden. 

Marion completed her degree in Plant Science and History at the University of Sydney in 2012 and began her apprenticeship in 2015. She is passionate about botanical nomenclature and the fascinating stories behind plant names, particularly those named after grisly Greek and Roman myths.

She is currently working with the turf team learning everything there is to know about grass and installing new turf at the entrance of the Garden over the next three months. 

You can see other projects that Marion has worked on across the Garden below;

  • Planting and irrigation of the dahlia beds in the formal garden,

  • maintenance of both the Breen Children’s Garden and Jungle Lodge

  • ​and pruning proteas throughout the South African Rock Garden.