Freja Carlson

Spring 2020, Outstanding Senior


Degree: Bachelor of Science


  • Landscape Design, Gardens, and Urban Environments
  • Communication- Communication Media Concentration

Graduation Honors: Magna Cum Laude

How are you planning to use your degree?

I am planning to continue my education in Horticulture Science by pursuing a graduate degree in Landscape Architecture. From there, I hope to design sustainable landscapes in urban environments and promote the importance of preserving open, green spaces in these areas.

List clubs and activities while in school.

  • Thomas Jefferson Scholars
  • Agri-Life
  • Pi Alpha Xi
  • Lambda Pi Eta

Whom do you want to thank?

I would like to thank all of the lovely advisors I have had at NC State for encouraging me throughout my time here and the professors that helped me find out what I am passionate about. I would also like to thank all of the friends I have made along the way. They all helped to make college an experience I would not trade for anything and I look forward to seeing all of the awesome things they are going to go on to do.

What is the best thing about studying horticulture at NC State?

The people in the horticulture department are the best part. They have created a very collaborative environment that encourages curiosity and helping one another learn.


Where are you currently working? Kiefer Landscaping Inc

Advisor Comments (Anne Spafford):

Freja has been an incredible student and advisee. A superb designer, with outstanding graphic communications skills. She was delightful to have in class, taking advantage of any and all experiences that would broaden her horizons. All of her numerous internships informed her studio work. She put a lot of time into her academics, but she always volunteered her time and people skills when I had workdays in the pollinator gardens on campus. It is no surprise that she was voted Outstanding Senior.

I am so pleased that she will be continuing her education at the University of Georgia in their Masters of Landscape Architecture program, with a competitive assistantship. I am looking forward to seeing the contributions she will make to the design of sustainable and meaningful spaces.

Congratulations, Freja! I am so proud of you!


Sharon Gitlin
Congratulations and best wishes on the next leg of your life journey.

Kyle Lorenzo
CONGRATULATIONS FREJA! I’m so proud of you and you deserve it! You’ve worked so hard and I know you’re going to do great things in Georgia! Miss you and best of luck in your future plans. 

Owen Washam
Congrats Freja! It was great getting to know you for the last couple of years and working together at the plant sale last year. I wish you the best at UGA and beyond!

Lis Meyer (Hort Teaching Faculty)
Congrats Freja! Thanks for all your service with PAX–we will miss you next year!

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