Girls Inc Interns

By Rediet Tadele
THBG Staff

One of the reasons New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill is so special is its many collaborations with community organizations. This summer, staff had the opportunity to partner with Girls Inc., a national nonprofit organization that encourages all girls to be “Strong, Smart, and Bold” through direct service and advocacy.

Three Girls Inc. participants — Adaysia (16), Alia (16), and Amber (15) — joined New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill for “externships,” which place girls at local organizations where they have the opportunity to gain professional skills while being exposed to new topics that could mold what they want to do in the future.

New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill fosters wonder and curiosity about nature, while also being a hub to learn about plants and gardening. New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill’s staff’s aim was to cultivate an experience where students got hands-on experience while continuously learning about plants.

In July, based on their interests, Adaysia and Alia joined the Horticulture Department, while Amber was placed with Youth Education staff.


Adaysia plans on becoming a History major in the future, and before working at New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill did not have much of a background with plants or gardening. As such, the externship here opened her eyes to a whole new world of gardening. With Alia, her role included sorting seeds, labeling, and helping with the planting. An important skill that Adaysia gained from her experience was patience. With gardening, it takes some time to see the fruits of your labor, and she learned a lot of patience because of this.