Kirsten Ganshaw

Kristen Ganshaw

Kit Ganshaw

Arboretum Horticulturist

125 Arborway
Boston, MA 02130
Phone: 617.384.5250
Fax: 617.524.1418


BS Natural Resource Management and Applied Ecology/Forestry, Rutgers University


Certified Arborist – Massachusetts Arborist Association; International Society of Arboriculture
Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist/Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association
Massachusetts Commercial Pesticide License
Member of the American Rose Society

I grew up on Cape Cod and worked in the family landscaping business since I was old enough to push a lawnmower. I was a three-sport athlete at Dennis-Yarmouth regional high school and continued my educational and athletic pursuits at Rutgers University, which offered a competitive division 1 field hockey program and a strong forestry/natural resource management curriculum at Cook College. After graduating from Rutgers I was a gardener at the Leonard J. Buck Garden in Far Hills, New Jersey for several years. I returned to Massachusetts and was working for Chestnut Hill Realty’s landscape maintenance division when I took a leave of absence to be a summer intern at the Arboretum in 1994. I was hired in the spring of 1995 to maintain the Bradley Collection of Rosaceous Plants and continue to spend the majority of my time in this newly renovated garden. I also look after the Arboretum’s (NAPCC) Acer Collection, recently ranked most significant in the world for conservation purposes, as well as the historic Walter Street Burying Grounds. I volunteer for the Emerald Necklace Conservancy and have been a member of the Rose Garden Advisory Committee since 2001, working on the restoration of the James P. Kelleher Rose Garden located in the Back Bay Fens. I volunteer for the Neponset River Watershed Association on the purple loosestrife project and the citizen water monitoring network. I write the east region Landscape Message for UMass Extension with co-worker Sue Pfeiffer. I enjoy maintaining my vegetable garden, growing dahlias, and looking after my bonsai collection.