Jeffrey Scott Phillips
Arboretum Horticultural Technologist
Boston, MA 02130
West Virginia University, B.S Forestry (2006)
Widener University, Master of Science- Industrial and Labor Relations (MSIR) (2010)
Harvard University Extension School (current)
ISA Certified Arborist
CPH Certified professional horticulturist
Massachusetts Hoisting Engineer Class 2A/1C
West Philadelphia born and raised.
I am very proud to be from America’s Garden & I’ve been lucky enough to work within a lineage of extraordinary plant people – my Grandfather, Sue Phillips, Norman Lehr, Michael Petrie, Paul Orpello, and many others at J. Franklin Styer’s – too numerous to name but to whom I’m forever thankful.
I’ve worked in horticulture since I was 13 years old, when I began assisting my mother, who was plant-buyer at J. Franklin Styer’s Nurseries. I’ve worked on tree farms, rose gardens, cut flower gardens, and in garden design. I also worked with PHS Philadelphia flower show award-winner Michael Petrie on many projects, including installations, and have participated in the Philadelphia Flower show for over a decade.
Prior to starting at Arnold, I was a gardener at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, where I assisted head horticulturist Paul Orpello and learned how to manage gardens organically. I have worked as a master groundskeeper at Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest, a 300-acre oak preserve of formal gardens, woodlands, wetlands, prairies, and hiking trails located near Valparaiso, Indiana. I also led in the management of prescribed burns per CRP.
I started working at Arnold as Horticulture technologist in September 2018, and I maintain the Bradley Rosaceae Collection, the Maple Collection, and the Beech Collection. My passion for horticulture only continues to grow–especially since studying with Dr. Gandhi at the Harvard Herbarium. My interests include everything from fine formal roses to the felling of trees and I am fascinated by the interdependence of everything in the natural world.
I love everything about life in the field of horticulture and look forward to every day at Arnold Arboretum–I am very proud and thankful to work in a place that I have admired since I was a young man. I am continuously inspired by past and present horticulturists, including my Mom, Beatrix Farrand, Andrea Brunsendorf, E.H Wilson, Christopher Lloyd, Fergus Garrett, Piet Oudolf, everyone at Chanticleer & Dixter, and Karl Foerster –I am lucky to follow in their footsteps.