Gladys Rhodes was honored for her improvements to the landscaping at the Northshore Senior Center.
A garden party recently held at the Northshore Senior Center honored Gladys Rhodes and the many volunteers who worked with her to transform what had been neglected and uninspired landscaping at the center into a colorful display of plants and trees.
Rhodes, born in Australia and now a Bothell resident, saw much of the world while traveling with her late husband during his 30 years with the U.S. Navy. Following the couple's return to the Northwest, she began working in the garden shop at the Aurora Village Ernst store and at By's Nursery in Edmonds. Her considerable skills were recognized when she became the state's first woman Certified Nurseryman.
Following her retirement in 1990, Rhodes began working at the Northshore Senior Center as a receptionist-coordinator. She has since been the guiding force in designing and selecting appropriate plantings for the new landscaping. In addition, she supervised and directed the volunteers needed to make the plan successful.
All this was done while continuing her other duties at the center.