Mark A. Konlock, Director of Horticulture at Green Bay Botanical Garden
Mark has bachelors’ degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and Horticulture from the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. He was a consulting engineer for 3.5 years during which time he spent many hours collecting and analyzing data. Realizing engineering was not his passion, Mark returned to college to study horticulture. He served briefly as an Extension agent in Walworth County, Wisconsin; worked at a wholesale greenhouse; evaluated seed germination tests; labored on a fruit research farm; and created a yard waste recycling program in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, before taking his current position as Director of Horticulture at Green Bay Botanical Garden (GBBG). Mark has worked at GBBG for 8.5 years. During his tenure, the Garden has developed 5 acres into gardens and facilities including the King Shade Garden and Jenquine Pavilion, Overlook, and Garden which won the Wisconsin Landscape Contractors Association gold award for commercial construction over $200,000. Mark and his staff have increased the plant collection to 2,888 taxa and almost 36,679 plants. In recent years, the Garden has expanded into horticultural science by becoming part of the northern earth-kind observational rose trial program, evaluating annual seed and vegetative crops for Ball Horticulture, and becoming an All-America Selections trial garden. Mark has judged the Wisconsin Landscape Contractors Association awards, is a Judge for All-America Selections and writes one of the Hot Plant features for Wisconsin Gardening magazine.