Several high school courses initially sparked Emily’s interest in landscape design and plant ecology. She graduated from Clemson University in 2013 with a B.S. in Environmental and Natural Resource Management complemented by a minor in Horticulture. Throughout college she worked at the South Carolina Botanical Garden where she had the opportunity to learn about the native habitats and plant communities of SC. During her time there, she gained experience in garden installation and maintenance as well. She began her internship at the SCCF Native Plant Nursery in the summer of 2014 and was hired the following summer to help maintain the grounds at the Bailey Homestead.