Arboretum Gardener I
Boston, MA 02130
BA, Liberal Arts, Rhodes College
Certificate, Natural Resource Management, Harvard Extension School
Massachusetts Certified Landscape Professional
MA Hoisting Engineer 1B/2A
Commercial Pesticide License
I joined the Arboretum as a seasonal gardener in May 2016 and was brought on as a full time employee the following September. As a member of the landscape crew, I work closely with Jed Romanowiz, Jim Papargiris, and Nima Samimi, as well as with seasonal interns and term employees, to keep the grounds accessible for the visiting public. My primary responsibilities include mowing, maintaining turf and meadows, and assisting Jed with irrigation installation and maintenance.
Prior to joining the team at the Arboretum, I served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Terebovlya, Ukraine and spent a year in Punta Gorda, Belize working with a small, sustainable agriculture NGO. In both countries, I was fascinated by the plants and trees that were considered culturally significant, important for construction or sustenance, or appreciated for beauty. Experiences like these feed my appreciation of the Arboretum’s mission to propagate and conserve specimens from around the world.
In my free time, I enjoy serving as a Volunteer Leader for the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s Woodlands Volunteer Corps and serving as a Volunteer Steward with the National Park Service. In 2016, I was recognized as an ENC Volunteer of the Year. I also enjoy giving tours at the Arboretum as well as contributing to its online and print publications.