Greenbrier staff work diligently to make tournament flower beds look like masterpieces

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WHITE SUPLHUR SPRINGS, WV (WVNS) – In the weeks leading up to A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier, Golf Course Superintendent, John Burns, heads to work with a specific mission: to make one of the oldest courses in the PGA Tour look like a floral work of art.

“You’ve got a lot of eyes out here,” Burns said. “A lot of people come out here for the golf, but we get compliments on the flower beds all the time.”

Over 80,000 different types of flowers blossom around the entire grounds of the resort, and about 20,000 of those sit on The Old White TPC Golf Course. This year Burns and his staff of five were posed with a challenge on what those flowers should be, since A Military Tribute at the Greenbrier was scheduled for September, instead of July.

“The variety of flowers that we normally choose from that was pretty much cut in half,” Burns said. “We got together and were like, ‘should we do summer flowers or fall flowers?’ and this year we did both.”

Planting the flowers in the ground was the easiest part. Burns explained many of the crew’s 14 hours shifts were spent weeding, watering, and maintaining.”

“That’s when you have to fertilize, spray fungicide for diseases, and water constantly water them,” Burns explained. “You can water a flower too much you can’t water them enough, you have to find that happy medium, and you have to do that for 20,000 of them.”

While Burns said the job can be tiresome, the hard work is worth it when he sees guests enjoy these colorful masterpieces.

“I like to blend the flowers into the surroundings,” Burns added. “The mountains are already beautiful, so I just add into it.”

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