experience

gardens_experienceGarden Coordinator, (2011-2014)

Over the last few years, while I was home with my son, I have had the pleasure of being available to propose and coordinate several gardens that would not have happened without a volunteer effort. You can follow the progress of these community projects here.

Freelance Garden Writer, (1996-2014)

“Plants and books are my friends.” I landed my first job as an editorial assistant with this declaration. Fifteen years later, I am still working with my “friends”. Contributing articles to magazines, the web, writing books, and producing television segments – all about gardening and outdoor living.

Retail Plant Nursery (Boston Location), Perennial yard (20013-2014)

“Plants and books are my friends.” I landed my first job as an editorial assistant with this declaration. Fifteen years later, I am still working with my “friends”. Contributing articles to magazines, the web, writing books, and producing television segments – all about gardening and outdoor living.

OLD HISTORY

Cultivating Life (PBS tv series), Guest and Segment Producer (2009-2011)

This PBS television series with host Sean Conway explores how we’ve all moved from our houses into our backyards. Each week, the series celebrates how Americans are reconnecting to the land providing simple solutions and timely ideas for outdoor living, cooking, gardening, and entertaining.

Brown University, Grant Proposal Coordinator (2003-2008)

Brown University founded in 1764 with over 8,000 students is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States and well known for its open curriculum in which students craft their own plan of study.

The Rhode Island Wild Plant Society, Executive Director (2003-2008)

The Rhode Island Wild Plant Society is a non-profit conservation organization with over 1,000 members and volunteers, and hundreds of education programs that provide opportunities for the public to learn about Rhode Island’s native plants and habitat.

W. Atlee Burpee Seed Company, Seed Trial Manager (2000-2002)

Burpee Seed Company was founded in 1876 and within 25 years became the largest, most progressive seed company in America mailing over a million catalogues a year to America’s gardeners. Burpee, today, it is the oldest American seed company and synonymous with vegetable gardening (and Beefstake tomatoes).

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Editorial Assistant (1996-2000)

Over 175 years old, The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society motivates people to improve their quality of life and create a sense of community through horticulture. They manage the largest and oldest indoor Flower Show,“The Philadelphia Flower Show”, Philadelphia Green, and numerous other groundbreaking urban beautification programs.

Cryptogamic Botany Company, Partner (1996-2014)

Cryptogamic Botany Company is a studio devoted to using science and detailed study to create art from natural objects. Through this process, Vaskulum aims to reveal value and to celebrate things that might otherwise be disregarded. The studio offers a wide range of services that make use of its expertise in science, art, and design. It specialize in the use of natural objects in traditional art installations, product design, exhibit design, and interior design consulting.

organizations_experienceGarden Coordinator, Arlington Street Church, Boston, MA

Proposed and coordinated the addition of a 300′ perennial, annual and vegetable border for the church’s garden on Arlington and Boyleston Street.

Garden  Coordinator, Preschool Garden, Harbor City School,  Boston, MA

Coordinated the Harbor City Preschool’s efforts to include a garden in their curriculum for six months out of the year. In addition, the vegetables grown provided four months of snacks for the school’s daily snack program for 25-30 students.

Garden Volunteer, Berkeley Community Garden, Boston, MA

The Berkeley Community Garden in Boston’s South End is one of the largest community gardens in the city with more than 150 plots that were first cultivated in the mid-1970s. Created a 12 month maintenance calendar for the community garden’s public areas.

Garden Volunteer, Arnold Arboretum, Harvard University, Boston, MA

The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is the oldest public arboretum in North America and one of the world’s leading centers for the study of plants.

Garden Docent, Garden in the Woods, Boston MA

This ever-changing living museum—New England’s premier wildflower garden—has more than 1,000 native plant species, and is the home of the New England Wildflower Society.

Garden Volunteer, Rose Kennedy Greenway, Mass. Horticultural Society’s Garden Installation, Boston, MA

When Boston’s Big Dig project plunged previously elevated roadways underground, the city found itself rich in prime urban land. The Greenway is a series of five parks within a curvilinear corridor of land extending approximately one mile through downtown Boston.

Garden Coordinator, Toddler Garden, Pine Village Preschool, Boston, MA

Proposed and coordinated the Pine Village School’s efforts to include a garden in their curriculum for six months out of the year (for kids 18 months-5 years).

Trial Manager/Grounds Manager, Fordhook Farm, Burpee Seed Company, Doylestown, PA

At Fordhook Farm in Doylestown PA, the historical farm of the Burpee Company, has a diversity of gardens.

Horticulturist, Heronswood Nursery, Kingston, WA

Heronswood, the world-renowned plant nursery founded by Dan Hinkley (world-class plant hunter), and a place treasured across the Northwest and around the world for its collection of exotic plants. Closed in 2009.

Horticulturist, Philadelphia Green, Philadelphia, PA

For more than 30 years the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Philadelphia Green program has used horticulture to build community and improve the quality of life in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods and downtown public spaces.

Gardener/Community Garden Board, Morris Arboretum, University of Penn., PA Thousands of rare and lovely woody plants, including some of Philadelphia’s oldest, rarest, and largest trees, are set in the 92-acre, Victorian landscape garden of winding paths, streams, flowers and special garden areas.

Horticulture Intern, Longwood Gardens, Kennet Square, PA

In 1906, Pierre S. du Pont purchased the Peirce Arboretum to save its trees, it now encompasses 1,050 acres of gardens, woodlands, and meadows with over 11,000 types of plants.

education_experience

Bachelor of Science, Horticulture (minor in Landscape Design) School of Environmental Design, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

“Horticulture is the profession that nurtures, produces, installs, and maintains the built landscape, and protects, restores, and manages existing and natural landscape resources. The Temple horticulture curriculum is built on a strong scientific foundation and includes both technical course work and hands-on learning experience. Our unique curriculum is one of the few undergraduate programs in which horticulture and landscape architecture are integrated. Our goal is to provide you with an understanding of the full range of the landscape process, which includes design, plant production, installation, and management of the urban and suburban landscape.”