GROUNDS SUPERVISOR/HEAD GARDENER
1981 to 1983
Jasna Polana Estate
Mr. & Mrs. J. Seward Johnson
Head of Estate Grounds Department. Planned, Coordinated, directed, supervised the grounds management operations of the 144-acre estate. This included fine lawns, a bowling green, formal gardens, perennial garden, vegetable and fruit gardens, a 6,000 sq. ft. greenhouse range, a collection of tree roses and gardenias, and a orchid collection. Managed a diverse variety of farm and landscape equipment. Purchased ground supplies and equipment. Managed in-house and contractual tree care, pesticide and herbicide programs, and landscape installation and planting. Coordinated gardening routines with other estate activities.
Demonstrated accomplishments included improving grounds maintenance, turf management, greenhouse operations, and overall estate appearance. Reduced man-hour requirements for leaf collection and landscape clean up. Cataloged plants; established and managed inventory of equipment and supplies.
Pictures circa. 1981-1983
Basia Johnson, the widow of Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical company heir J. Seward Johnson Sr. opted to turn Jasna Polana (which means bright meadow in Polish) into a golf course.
But no ordinary golf course, mind you. Just as she has made a name in the art world collecting religious art and other museum-quality pieces, Johnson aims to make Jasna Polana a name to reckon with by transforming her estate into a site worthy of world class tournament play. She’s planning to spend $15 million to do it, too (Forbes magazine has estimated Johnson’s worth at $900 million).
Johnson hired golf great Gary Player to design the course, expected to be ready for play in 1997. Her mansion, home to her art collection, is the clubhouse.