While the Toledo Museum of Art is known for housing some of the world’s greatest art, there is also something to say about the beauty that lives outside the buildings. The Museum’s entire campus stretches across 36-acres and every part of that must be maintained. TMA has a dedicated grounds and maintenance staff who not only keep the grounds well-kept, but they’ve also turned the exterior of the Museum into a work of art itself. One of the members of this team is Macon Mauchmar.
Mauchmar grew up in Toledo and has been with the Museum’s grounds team intermittently for 10 years. He attended Michigan State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree and then went to Owens Community College where he received an Associate Degree in landscape and turfgrass management. Mauchmar is also a certified arborist.
Though most of his daily work consists of cutting grass, blowing snow and mulching leaves, Mauchmar is also in charge of the horticultural aspects of the Museum grounds. This is where the true outdoor beauty of the Museum campus begins. Mauchmar takes care of all the plant materials, flower bed maintenance, and small tree training. He takes pride in making each part of the grounds look pristine and beautiful.
The grounds team’s latest project has been to label every species of tree on campus, thanks in part to a gift from the late Rita B. Kern. Moving forward, Mauchmar plans for the Museum to apply for accreditation as an arboretum. He feels that this will attract a new audience to the Museum and will allow them to discover all the different types of trees and plants that live here.
Without Mauchmar and his grounds team members Kevin McGreevy and Stan Gilbert, the outer layer of the Museum wouldn’t be as stunning as the inside. Their hard work really shows on every inch of the Museum’s campus.
Check out this video to learn more about Macon Mauchmar and see more about the Museum’s goal to become an accredited arboretum.