Confessions: Sowing a Career in a Garden Department

What's it like to work in the garden department of a large home-improvement store?

The hours are long and the schedule is irregular; the environment is loud, dirty and physically demanding. Employees are expected to greet every shopper within range, provide knowledgeable customer service, keep merchandise stocked and correctly priced, respond to intercom pages, answer the phone, receive incoming freight, water plants, help customers load their purchases and be aware of shoplifting -- all simultaneously!