Dennis Peter Harris
Boston, MA 02130
Norfolk County Agricultural High School
Hoisting Engineer License
I was born and raised near the Arnold Arboretum and have worked here since 1971, both in Jamaica Plain and at the Case Estates in Weston. My main responsibilities are horticultural work in the landscape, as well as equipment repair, maintenance, and operation. I was a working foreman in Weston. I have worked at the Arboretum through the tenures of four directors, five supervisors of grounds, and three working foremen. Over the years I have adapted to many changes in plant care brought about by new technologies.
In 1972, during the Arboretum’s centennial, director Richard Howard received a gold medal from the Garden Club of America. His nomination was influenced by a project I worked on at the Case Estates to the design of the front beds along Wellesley Street. Charles Sargent was the first recipient of this award.
One of my favorite areas of the Arboretum is Peters Hill. I have many memories of growing up nearby and sledding down the hill. I have family members from all over the world, including England, Ireland, and Africa, and when they visited we would always walk up Peters Hill to admire the view of Boston.