Joni Frederick, Development Coordinator

Since retiring as a corporate negotiator with Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield in Des Moines and relocating to Clear Lake in 2016, Central Garden’s has been one of Joni’s favorite places in north Iowa.  She has served the Gardens since 2017 as a committee member for the annual garden party, and now serves as its part-time development coordinator. Local music, cooking, and caring for plants and gardens are some of Joni’s other interests.


Drake Tiedemann, Part-Time Summer Groundskeeper

Sixteen-year-old Drake Tiedemann, a junior at Northwood-Kensett High School, has joined Central Gardens as a groundskeeper for the summer. Drake’s grandparents, Merlyn and Julie Tiedemann, brought Drake along with them to work in the gardens early this season and his enthusiasm and spirit was readily apparent. After just three visits, he was asked if he wanted to work here.

Drake enjoys being outdoors and appreciates the beauty of the Gardens. He participates in wrestling and cross country during the school year. Welcome Drake! We’re glad you’re here!