The degree of Arizona Certified Nursery Professional, ACNP, means working over two years as a professional in a garden center, greenhouse, or botanical garden, and extremely prestigious among those in horticulture. In partnership with the Arizona Nursery Association, Maricopa Community College created this program to test plant skills. It proves all aspects of garden knowledge from tissue cultures, fertilizer details, insect expertise, water, soils, and the most intimate plant details.
Michele Hyatt, manager at Watters Garden Center, received her ANCP degree this month. Not only did Michele pass the grueling 4-hour test, but she received one of the highest scores in Arizona to date.
“When you can identify a plant, recite the Latin name, where it ideally grows, and how to design a landscape around that plant, you are a real plant professional,” says Ken Lain, owner of Watters Garden Center.
Michele Hyatt has been a flower fanatic since she first planted petunias with her Mom. A horticulture heavy hitter for a decade, Michele is the power behind all things blooming in the garden center, handpicking the best, brightest flowers, and vigorous veggies from farms throughout the west. Her nursery experience has given her the knowledge to ID that irritating insect or that fungus among us. She loves sharing it with her team and customers teaching Watters weekly garden classes. Animal lover, football fan, tomato techie, and the steady voice of reason, Michele is always the first to volunteer to help and the last to get near a snake.
Watters Garden Center is a locally owned and operated garden center that specializes in providing avid gardeners and novices alike with the expertise and products to get things growing in the mountains of Arizona.