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Address:
125 Arborway
Boston, MA 02130
Phone:
339.225.2436
Fax:
617.524.1418

Biography

Covered in soil from a noticeably young age, my passion for plants began gardening with my mother, Yvonne Igoe. She showed me the importance of getting your hands dirty and for that, I am forever grateful.

My love for horticulture was then solidified when I was accepted into Norfolk County Agricultural High School where I became an urban forestry major. In my junior year, I was introduced to the Arnold Arboretum by being accepted to the Aggie Horticulture internship program. During the span of 6 weeks, I worked alongside horticulturalists in all zones and learned the very basics of what it means to work within a public garden.

In college, I studied plant, soil, and insect science at UMass Amherst. During this time, I conducted research focusing on best management practices for the landscape & nursery industries under Amanda Bayer. Before I graduated, I was accepted into the Isabella Hunnewell Internship Program at the Arboretum as a horticulture intern for the summer. This experience made me finally solidify my career in the wonderful world of trees & shrubs.

In 2020, I worked in a large production greenhouse before yet again returning to the Arboretum. For 2 seasons, I worked as a horticulture apprentice gardener where I assisted horticulturalist Scott Phillips in maintaining the Bradley Rosaceae Collection, the Maple Collection, and the Beech Collection.

I feel forever indebted to conserving these plants. They provide so much happiness to not only me, but to the thousands of visitors that can escape into the Arboretum daily. I am now working full-time here as a Gardener II. You can find me amongst the crabapples and hawthorns on Peter’s Hill working alongside Brendan Keegan.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Plant, Soil, and Insect Sciences
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Certificates

Massachusetts Certified Horticulturalist
Massachusetts

Licenses

Pesticide Applicators License
Massachusetts