Rachel Brinkman

Rachel Brinkman

Rachel Brinkman

Arboretum Horticulturist

125 Arborway
Boston, MA 02130
Phone: 617.384.5499
Fax: 617.524.1418


BS in Plant Science (2007), Cornell University


International Society of Arborists certification (ISA)
Massachusetts Certified Arborist (MCA)
Massachusetts Pesticide License

I started working at the Arnold Arboretum in November 2012. I have always been interested in plants, but my enthusiasm was catalyzed by my first summer job as a horticulture research assistant at Guelph University. Since then I have gradually added to my plant knowledge. After graduating from Cornell University, I worked as a shared technician for two Cornell Department of Horticulture faculty, Ken Mudge in agroforestry and Neil Mattson in floriculture. This work enabled me to explore a wide range of interesting subjects from forest farming gourmet mushrooms, to greenhouse care of herbaceous annuals, to tissue-culturing orchids. In 2011 I worked with the Worcester Asian longhorn beetle (ALB) eradication project, and spent a brief period as a transmission utility forester. My work experience thus far leads me to anticipate a career in the public gardens field.

These days you can find me in the Leventritt Garden working to renovate the Arboretum’s collection of vines and sun-loving shrubs. On the weekends I often volunteer as a volunteer interpreter in the Arboretum landscape, seeking to share my plant knowledge with suspecting and unsuspecting visitors.