Richard Schulze


When you hear that Richard Schulze loves things that grow, two thoughts come to mind: First, it’s no surprise that he earned degrees in landscape design and horticulture from Hennepin Technical College. Second, his job as a grower at Wagner’s Greenhouse in Minneapolis, is the perfect place for him. You would be right on both counts.

Schulze, a graduate of Edina High School, first completed a degree in landscape design at HTC, and then earned a second A.A.S. degree in horticulture, graduating in 2010. When he applied at Wagner’s Greenhouse, he hoped to be hired as a grower, but that wasn’t his first job there.

“I started as a cashier, which got my foot in the door,” recalls Schulze. “In about four months, they had an opening for a grower and I got the job.” Plant production at Wagner’s is a big part of the operation because Wagner’s ships plants to garden centers around the country. As Schulze explains, most are ornamental plants, including begonias, petunias and impatiens; Wagner’s also grows and distributes herbs and vegetables.

“Being in a greenhouse environment is nice, especially during winter in Minnesota,” says Schulze. He credits HTC instructors Deb Kvamme and Jay Siedschlaw with providing a curriculum that prepares students for success on the job.  

“Deb and Jay were awesome teachers and the hands-on experience in both landscape design and horticulture really gives you a good feel for what it’s like to work in the field,” emphasizes Schulze. He also notes that when he started working as a grower at Wagner’s, the other growers helped him learn along the way. His first seasons there have convinced him that he chose the right career.

So what is Richard Schulze’s favorite thing to grow? Hot peppers. Then he turns those peppers into salsas and preserves to enjoy year-round. When it comes to growing, this HTC graduate has planted the seeds of success.

Last updated by jhanson : 2016-07-27 11:20:09