For the past eight years, Bill Pedrick has worked in Willow Valley’s Grounds Department, season after season. Bill is one of a large team of professionals responsible for the beautifully distinctive landscaping throughout Willow Valley’s campuses.
Spring, summer, and autumn are the times when Bill’s work is center stage. The glorious colorful crocuses and tulips finally poking their heads through the frost as the first sign of warmer days ahead. The meticulously manicured green, green grass. Autumn brings the punch of deep oranges, maroons, purples, and yellows in the hundreds of mums planted in abundance at entrances, courtyards, and all common areas. All areas are lovingly tended to by Bill and the rest of the Grounds Department.
“I’ve always loved to play and work outdoors – ever since I was a young boy.” Being in nature every day is not what he loves most about his role, though. “I’m all about interacting with the residents,” says Bill. “I just really enjoy talking with everyone.” They talk while Bill works – about baseball, football, his upcoming wedding, the species of butterflies at Willow Valley’s wetlands, and, of course, gardening. “They’ll pick my brain, and I’ll pick theirs,” chuckles Bill.
When there’s snow, Bill helps with the clearing, the scraping, and the shoveling. He enjoys that work, too. “On those days when I’m lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a little crocus peeping through,” says Bill, “I have a lot to look forward to in the weeks ahead.” To Bill, it’s all about enhancing Willow Valley’s beautiful properties for all those residents who he enjoys so much. Making their surroundings more beautiful and inspiring more conversations.