Duke Gardens Volunteer
North Carolina USA
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John Wyman grew up on an experimental horticultural farm of 150
acres owned by Harvard University where his father was a full
professor as well as a prolific writer of horticultural books.
There John learned "how to hoe" at the early age of
8 and immediately became well motivated to move on to college,
later ending up at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, in 1958.
After college he immediately entered the Army as a 2nd Lieutenant
in Armor and two years later became a Viet Nam veteran. He then
entered AT&T's management training program in the US, spending
28 years in this business, moving frequently with his wife and
two daughters. He now resides permanently in Hillsborough, North
Carolina, with his wife.
In addition to the above, he has managed his own business for
about 10 more years, and now teaches several courses in a local
community college (10-weeks long) on how to start a new business
and earn a net income of 6 figures within 3 years. He uses his
own experiences to demonstrate how this is done. John volunteers
his time, talents, and financial resources to local nonprofits
(e.g. Duke Gardens) who treasure his many ways of support.
He recently gave a waterlily class "from the water"
to local clients of Duke Gardens. (No one knew it but his
wet suit leaked for 2 hours.) He is a SCORE email volunteer
and enjoys helping young entrepreneurs around the country to
start their own successful businesses.
Because he now lives in temperate zone 7b, John has moved from
terrestrial plants to waterlilies. He enjoys finding them, learning
about them, and then growing them out to full size. He has been
a water garden volunteer at Sarah P. Duke Gardens for eight years,
and continues to work with the Garden staff to create better
waterlily growing environments. He has a passion for growing
the most challenging waterlilies in the world, and combines this
with constant learning about new digital photography technologies.
He is about to create a waterlily picture book with another photographer,
and is looking forward to this new challenge. If this isn't enough
to keep him busy, John and Nancy (his wife of 38 short years)
travel to New Jersey to enjoy their three grandchildren.