Sixteen-year-old Drake Tiedemann, a junior at Northwood-Kensett High School, has joined Central Gardens as a groundskeeper for the summer. Drake’s grandparents, Merlyn and Julie Tiedemann, brought Drake along with them to work in the gardens early this season and his enthusiasm and spirit was readily apparent. After just three visits, he was asked if he wanted to work here.

Drake works under the tutelage of his grandfather, Merle, a devoted groundskeeper himself, and together they tackle lengthy job lists nearly every day. When asked how he likes working with his grandpa, Drake eyes lit up above his face mask and he said, “oh, I love it! It’s the best!” Drake enjoys being outdoors and appreciates the beauty of the Gardens. He participates in wrestling and cross country during the school year. Welcome Drake! We’re glad you’re here!

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