Brooks Lee discovered he loved landscaping by working for an electric company.
The next thing he knew, he was covered in dirt and helping to plant 11,000 liriope.
Fate works in mysterious ways.
While studying environmental compliance at the University of South Florida, Brooks spent his summers working at Pepco, an electric utility serving Maryland and the DC area.
Last September, as he started his senior year, the company offered him a full-time job.
“You’d think I’d be excited,” he says.
But he wasn’t. And that worried him.
“I had a sit-down with myself,” he says. “Is this really what I want to do?”
While working at Pepco, Brooks supervised the installation of a garden to attract pollinators like bees and butterflies.
“Nobody at the electric company knew how to install a garden, so I had to teach myself from the ground up,” he says. He loved it.
As he researched landscaping, Brooks discovered the Level Green Landscaping website, and the more he read, the more he was impressed — with the company philosophy of “Do the right thing,” the steady growth, the owners’ commitment to efficiency and safety.
“I was sold before my first day,” Brooks says.