Irrigation & Green Industry - Women in Landscaping <![CDATA[Women in Landscaping - ]]> Women have certainly come a long way in the business and professional worlds. Our next U.S. president might even be a woman. Even so, the green industry is still pretty much a testosterone-filled milieu. Because women in prominent roles in our business are still the exception, it’s good to hear their stories once in awhile. Here are two.

<![CDATA[Women in Landscaping - ]]> Not being “the type to focus on a four-year degree,” Benson attended King’s College in Charlotte, North Carolina, following high school graduation in 1979. It was a school that offered a fast-track certificate course in business. “I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur, but didn’t know in what area.]]> <![CDATA[Women in Landscaping - Ivy Munion]]> Ivy Munion was an early trailblazer. Today, she is considered to be one of the top irrigation consultants/designers in the landscape business. How did she get this far in a male-dominated industry, you might ask? “I speak their language, rub elbows a little bit, and I always carry a pocket knife,” she quipped.]]> <![CDATA[Mayor Combats Budget Cuts with Unique Solution - ]]> <![CDATA[Women in Landscaping: From Investment Banker to Landscape Contractor - ]]> <![CDATA[The Glass Ceiling is Broken - ]]> Prior to the “sexual revolution” of the ’60s and ’70s, career choices for women were very limited and advancement nearly impossible.]]> <![CDATA[Women in Landscaping: Denise Ritchie - ]]> Denise Ritchie arrived in the green industry by accident. For several years, she and her husband, Randy, worked as screenwriters. “I felt like I was on top of the world. I was doing what I loved, with someone I loved. I couldn’t have been happier,” she says. ]]> <![CDATA[Women in Landscaping: Janie Marsh - ]]> JANIE MARSH’S PAST HAS NOT BEEN an easy one. When she was 12 years old, she began sneaking alcohol out of her parent’s liquor cabinet, and was smoking marijuana on a regular basis. By 15, she was using methamphetamines, and at 30, she was an intravenous drug user. ]]> <![CDATA[Women in Landscaping: Sherry Koontz - ]]> <![CDATA[Women in Landscaping - ]]> <![CDATA[Women in Landscaping: Sabrena Schweyer - ]]> <![CDATA[Women In Landscaping: Carol Dilger - ]]> <![CDATA[Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in Landscaping - ]]> There’s no template that these women follow; no set pattern that led them to a profession dominated by the opposite gender. Some of them run their own company, some work for others. ]]> <![CDATA[Women in Landscaping - ]]>