Page 2 Interview--Shani McElroy, UC Botanical Garden Cashier

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Q: How does a history and political science major end up working at a botanical garden?

A: It's an easy job. I get to read, and I get paid. I count money. I don't need to know anything about plants.

Have you learned anything about plants working here?

A little bit. I've learned about sudden oak death. I had a lady call and tell me she had thought of a cure for sudden oak death.

What did she suggest?

Well, she was crazy. I just referred her to somebody else.

What's your favorite plant fact?

That eucalyptus trees can be used to drain marshes. They suck up water.

Do you ever actually visit the garden when you're not working?

Actually, yeah. There are a lot of nice places to sit.

Mike Pucher


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