- 125 Arborway
Boston, MA 02130
As the Arboretum’s head of horticulture, I am responsible for leading a talented team of horticulturists, arborists, and gardeners in all aspects of the holistic care of over 16,000 accessioned plants cultivated across the 281-acre Olmsted-designed landscape. In addition, the Horticulture Department stewards the Arboretum’s longstanding Isabella Welles Hunnewell Horticultural and Norfolk County Agricultural High School Internship Programs.
I am active in initiatives across the institution and beyond, including leading domestic and international plant collecting expeditions and serving as Chair of the North America-China Plant Exploration Consortium; supporting strategic planning and fundraising initiatives as a member of the senior leadership; and directing the Arboretum’s Landscape Management System initiative, a multi-institutional coalition to develop new technologies to further our ability to collect, store, access, and use horticultural and curatorial data to make more informed collections management decisions.
After earning my bachelor’s degree in horticulture from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I began my career in public horticulture as a horticulturist at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL. In 2010, I earned a master’s degree in public horticulture from The Longwood Graduate Program at the University of Delaware. Thereafter, I served as director of horticulture and curator at The Arboretum at Penn State in University Park, PA. I have worked at the Arnold Arboretum since 2013.