Boston, MA 02130
AS Arboriculture, Stockbridge School of Agriculture, University of Massachusetts
Massachusetts and International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist
Private Pesticide Certification/License
Massachusetts Hoisting Engineer License
I grew up in a coastal town south of Boston. My interest in growing plants began as a young boy, helping my father in his vegetable garden. In the late 1960s, I had a summer job as gardener at the privately-owned Prouty Garden in Boston’s medical area. I would commute past the Arboretum daily and often thought “someday I will work there.” After college I was promoted to head gardener at the Prouty Garden, and a year later I applied for a position with the grounds department at the Arboretum. That was in 1973, and I have worked under four directors and two interim directors. Over the next 19 years, I worked in the grounds department and performed just about every duty imaginable, even running the mail room. In the early 1990s, I became Arboretum greenhouse apprentice at the Dana Greenhouses.
Today, as greenhouse horticultural technologist, I perform all duties associated with the overall propagation and production of plants in our greenhouses and nurseries—plants destined to be the Arboretums living collection for future generations to study and enjoy. I’ve always been interested in crop production, and that enthusiasm carried into my adult years when I co-owned and operated a cut-your-own Christmas tree farm (Massachusetts Christmas Tree Association). I still grow a vegetable garden and enter my harvests annually in local competition (Massachusetts Agricultural Fairs Association). I truly enjoy being outdoors and have spent any spare time over the years surfcasting, hiking and observing the natural world on my property. I also enjoy spending time in my hammock, a place where I have accomplished some of my finest work.