Polly Ahalt

Account Manager, Recurring Services

Position: Account Manager, Recurring Services

Home: South of Purcellville, VA where my family has lived for more than 100 years

How did you find your way into landscaping/gardening? As a child my grandmother allowed me to explore the woods on our family farm for endless hours (only after she taught me what not to touch!).  My only task was to return when she rang the dinner bell, with my bag full of different leaves, prickly gum balls, seed pods and what have you. We would then identify what I found in our field guide. Sometimes put the leaves between the pages of big books and make posters with their botanical names after they dried. Cutting flowers in the early summer mornings, watering her beautiful perennial gardens. The best memories of my childhood. It was my grandmother who planted the seeds in me to grow my love of horticulture and nature.

What experience and skills do you bring to the team?  I bring 22 years of field experience to the team here at wildwood. I spent about 15 years working the supply side of the industry, in garden centers, learning all that I could about plants and how to take care of them. In 2007, I switched gears and came to work here at Wildwood.

Why is gardening important to you? Anything that I can plant, nurture, watch grow and take care of bring me joy. This includes plants, my children and small companies!