My Internship at 317Grow

Amanda Thieman, Evelyn Verde, and Brian Thieman (left to right)

Amanda Thieman, Evelyn Verde, and Brian Thieman (left to right)

I would like to introduce myself for those who don’t know me, my name is Evelyn and I have been interning at 317Grow this summer, but unfortunately it has come to an end . 


During my internship, I was able to design various projects of different sizes and styles. Some of these designs are in the process of getting built and to finally see my designs come to life is something I have always wanted. The fact that I got this opportunity as an intern is amazing. 


Designing wasn’t the only thing I got to do, I also got to sharpen my skills on many other things. My plant knowledge grew as well as my knowledge of building methods and materials. I also became more efficient at using AutoCAD, Photoshop, and many other programs that are widely used in this profession. 


To say that my experience here was amazing would be an understatement and frankly nothing I say could sum up how thankful I am for this experience. This is a thank you to all of those that made this experience amazing. 


To start I would like to thank Lacey Nix. Lacey takes care of all the marketing for 317Grow and is amazing at it. She’s the first person you talk to when you send over an email or give us a call and I guarantee she will put a smile on your face.  She was my first contact here at 317Grow and helped me get my foot in the door. Thanks to her I managed to snag a meeting with Amanda (one of the owners) and it just went uphill after that. Thank you Lacey! 

One of the projects designed by Evelyn Verde during her internship at 317Grow. 

One of the projects designed by Evelyn Verde during her internship at 317Grow. 


Next, I want to thank Amanda Thieman and Brian Thieman, the owners of 317Grow. Being a student looking for an internship can be rough. The competition is high, there are hundreds of students competing to get these internships and you really have to put yourself out there if you really want it. 


And I really, really wanted it. Luckily, I got it. Out of all the resumes and portfolios they received they chose me and for that I’m extremely thankful. They both pushed me to succeed and grow not only as a professional, but as an individual as well. I’ve gained so much confidence being here that I feel I can accomplish anything. Thank you for giving me this opportunity and I hope I didn’t let you down !


Watching and listening to Amanda’s thought process when designing made me realize just how much I needed to learn. Before my internship I never considered things like maintenance, budget, construction methods, materials, and many other things until Amanda showed me the importance of it. 

Evelyn gained tangible work for her professional portfolio, including this backyard she designed for 317Grow. 

Evelyn gained tangible work for her professional portfolio, including this backyard she designed for 317Grow. 


When designing you must design with the intent that your design can be maintained. If you design with that in mind you are insuring that your design will stay beautiful for many years to come. 


The next three people are the ones that I got to work with the most. Dylan Furlong, Kelsey Behl, and Patrick Swisher thank you for teaching me everything you could. From letting me join in on meetings and site visits to simply teaching me new things. They taught me how to take measurements and elevations, what to consider when designing, and I learned details about many new plants. 

In the three months that I was here, I gained and learned much more than I had in a year of college.


I want to also thank everyone else at 317Grow, although we didn’t get to spend much time together it was still clear to me that they were all hardworking and nice people. From day one you all made me feel part of the 317Grow family and helped with whatever you could- thank you to all of you!

Evelyn helped us push forward and create a space that reflected our culture at 317Grow.

Evelyn helped us push forward and create a space that reflected our culture at 317Grow.


From day one I knew 317Grow designed and constructed some of the most beautiful sites, but it was only after getting to know everyone here that I found out how they did it. 


They work as a family, a family that helps and pushes each other to do the best that they can. They also work extremely hard and they don’t settle, they always aim to be the best. 


You will never find a team that works as hard as these guys. They will work day and night to make sure you get the best, so if you ever need design or maintenance work 317Grow is the place for you.  


They didn’t let me down and they won’t let you down.  

Evelyn Verde is the first landscape design intern for 317Grow. She is entering her senior year at Ball State University where she studies landscape architecture.