Laura Mele

Laura Mele

Arboretum Horticulturist

125 Arborway
Boston, MA 02130
Phone: 860.573.8235
Fax: 617.524.1418


AAS in Horticulture, University of Connecticut

BA in Liberal Arts, University of Massachusetts


MA Certified Arborist

CT Licensed Arborist

I.S.A Certified Arborist

Massachusetts Pesticide License (Commercial Category 36)

Certified Tree Care Safety Professional (CTSP)

Tree Risk Assessment Qualification – I.S.A


Despite 25 years experience in the green industry I am still a “newbie” at the Arboretum, having started in August 2017. The majority of my previous work experience has been in commercial landscaping and tree work. I am thrilled to have landed at the Arnold as the next step in my career.

I got my first landscape job at 18 while living in Oregon. I immediately fell in love with the physical aspect of the work as well as being outside. I went from mowing lawns to landscape installation and maintenance. I knew I had found my calling and decided to study horticulture at the University of Connecticut.

After graduating I spent some years in the Berkshires working for a landscape company. Eventually my interests turned toward arboriculture, and I worked for a tree service which offered on-the-job training to supplement my formal education. I dragged brush, fed the chipper, and eventually learned to climb, which I still love to do. As I increased my knowledge and achieved multiple certifications, my commercial career path eventually brought me to sales, management, and consulting.

I am so happy to be a “hands-on” arborist again. It is an honor to be able to care for such a unique collection and I am grateful to be part of a team that brings so much to so many people. The picture above is the first tree that I planted in the Arboretum.