In August 2018, the Board of Supervisors approved the selection of DPW Employee Ashleigh Randolph as Employee of the Quarter. Although her official title is “Landscape Technician,” Ashleigh’s work includes a variety of roles and responsibilities. She is a Virginia Nursery & Landscape Association (VNLA) certified Horticulturist, and is responsible for the designing/planning, ordering, installation, and maintenance of the seasonal color program (the gorgeous displays seen in the Yorktown Historic Area!). She also shares the responsibility of irrigation systems, and is involved in some landscape bed designs. Ashleigh has been a passionate student and teacher of horticulture and design, and has presented to local Master Gardner’s organizations on a variety of topics to include micro-climates, seasonal displays, and her work specifically in Yorktown. Visitors to various county buildings (including the County Administration building) will see her seasonal fall decorations, and event attendees have seen her display boards and seasonal décor.
“From a broader perspective, I’ve always felt that landscape design, and the maintenance of it, is living sculpture. Because nature is always changing, and often capricious, it’s my job to adapt, nurture, and accentuate that beauty through thoughtful design, best management practices and good stewardship.”
In her eight year tenure with the county, Ashleigh has found satisfaction in the many facets of her career. The waterfront in itself provides a beautiful backdrop to the creative landscapes she adds to the historic area. Her interaction with local regulars and visitors allows her to share her passion for horticulture and design with those who have questions about gardening, design, and the local flora.
As a steward of the York County environment, Ashleigh appreciates the public’s awareness of litter control, especially on the waterfront. Appreciation is also expressed for observing the well-manicured flower beds (and avoiding foot traffic through them). She recognizes the work of the entire Grounds Maintenance organization, and emphasizes the significant effort it takes to provide the services that residents enjoy on a year-round basis.
Congratulations Ashleigh, and York County Grounds Maintenance, on your well-deserved recognition!