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Arnold Arboretum
Kevin Block

Kevin Block

Horticultural Technologist

125 Arborway
Boston, MA 02130
Phone: 617.384.5209
Fax: 617.524.1418


BS in Wildlife Management (2003), University of New Hampshire, Durham

I have worked at the Arboretum since the summer of 2008. My main role is heading the Integrated Pest Management and Plant Health Care Program. During the growing season, I can be found monitoring our plants for insects and diseases and providing solutions or treatments as necessary. I also care for the Arboretum’s famous lilac collection. If you have any questions about plant pests or diseases, or about lilacs, you can generally find me somewhere in the Arboretum’s 281-acre landscape.

I started working in horticulture right out of college. After graduating, I moved to San Diego, CA, and became an arborist. I took care of many tree species quite different from those we find here in New England. After four years of beach living, I moved east and worked as head arborist and plant health care technician at a Boston landscape company. At that time I became a certified arborist through the International Society of Arboriculture and the Massachusetts Arborist Association, and I also received certification for commercial pesticide application.

When I am not hunting for insects or diseases on plants, I can be found hanging out with my dog Ziggy, hiking, snowboarding, reading, following live music, or pursuing my master’s degree in environmental management and sustainability at the Harvard Extension School.

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