Felicia Yu grew up gardening in Walnut Creek, California. A lifelong interest in plants led her to study at the University of California at Davis, where she completed a B.S. in plant biology with an emphasis in genetics and breeding. During her senior year, however, having had enough of molecular lab work, she took up a native plants internship at the UC Davis Arboretum, where she was inspired to look into public horticulture for graduate studies and as a future career field. After graduating, she interned at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek, managing their nursery and working with propagation volunteers. The following year, she completed a six-month apprenticeship at Filoli in Woodside, CA. There she learned formal gardening techniques and completed an independent project—putting together a full inventory of Filoli’s greenhouse collection and researching solutions for greenhouse plant health problems.
Most recently, Felicia worked at the Ruth Bancroft Garden again as their nursery manager before moving out east to begin the Longwood Graduate Program. Felicia will always be a California girl at heart, but she is looking forward to getting to know the East Coast, its plants and people, over the next two years.
Student Position: Environmental Impact and Graduation Dinner Leader
Board Position: University of Delaware Botanic Garden