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Arnold Arboretum
Brian Leib

Brian Leib

Plant Growth Facilities Manager

1300 Centre Street
Boston, MA 02131
Phone: 617.384.5321
Fax: 617.384.6596

As the Plant Growth Facility Manager, I oversee the highly-controlled artificial environments of the Weld Hill Research Building’s research greenhouses and Conviron plant growth chambers. These state-of-the-art facilities currently house many basal angiosperms (amongst the flowering plants to evolve earliest), a budding teaching collection, and other notable plants. The growth chambers can be programmed to simulate a researcher’s specified environmental conditions including light, temperature, humidity, and other variables. My responsibilities include providing pest-free conditions and appropriate nutritional care to the crops as well as cultural advice to researchers and students.

I joined the Harvard community after nearly a decade at Brown University’s Plant Environmental Center. My formative horticultural experiences include time spent at the Mount Auburn Cemetery greenhouse and the Swan Point Cemetery greenhouse. I also worked with the horticultural program at the Groden Center in Providence.

I am a big fan of orchids (especially Paphiopedilums), Aroids, and vermicomposting and I have served the Massachusetts Orchid Society in a wide variety of roles for many years. I have promoted knowledge of these plants by giving talks on orchid culture and pest control at area garden clubs and the Boston Flower Show. I work to help dispel the ‘fussy orchid’ myth, as many genera will grow and flower readily and reliably in home environments.

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