Kyle Cheesborough
Before starting at Bellefontaine Cemetery the spring of 2013, Kyle Cheesborough’s career has taken him through nursery production, public gardening, plant collection expeditions, and much more. He developed an affinity for gardening as a young man in Augusta, GA, helping his grandmother in her perennial and vegetable gardens. An avid, self-taught gardener, his grandmother bequeathed her plethora of hands-on knowledge to him, and Kyle knew immediately what sort of work he wanted to pursue. He attended the nearby University of Georgia, and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor’s in Science of Agriculture, his major being horticulture. During school and for a year after graduation Kyle worked for Goodness Grows, a wholesale and retail nursery specializing in unique, often old-fashioned shrubs and perennials. Upon leaving Goodness Grows, he accepted a position as Horticulturist I-Conservatories with the Missouri Botanical Garden. His career with Missouri Botanical Garden saw a quick maturation of his abilities as a public gardens horticulturist. Kyle received a promotion to Horticulturist II in his short tenure (2011-2012), and even participated in a plant collections trip to Siberia, specifically the Altai Mountain region. After his time at the Garden, Kyle took the position of Horticulturist with Bellefontaine Cemetery, seeing the Cemetery’s arboretum as an excellent opportunity to further develop his skills as a professional. On a day-to-day basis Kyle may prune mature and young trees, work with annual displays and container designs, plant trees and shrubs, and perform basic horticultural maintenance tasks. He has used his emphasis on conservation and habitat restoration to shape his duties at Bellefontaine, embarking on projects that focus on native plants and those that provide forage, cover, or nesting attribute for our local wildlife. The Bellefontaine landscape is one of supreme beauty, and Kyle hopes to serve the Cemetery in the next few years by developing this urban green oasis into a horticultural destination. His favorite color – green of course!