Former Curatorial Fellow
Boston, MA 02130
BS Horticulture, The Ohio State University
My initial curiosity in public gardening developed alongside my desire to study the native and ornamental plants of the Midwestern United States. Naturally I gravitated to the living collections at Chadwick Arboretum and Learning Gardens at The Ohio State University where I enthusiastically accepted a position as a horticulturist. I was inspired by both the diversity of plant material grown within the confines of a University campus, and the breadth of potential learning opportunities the collection provided students, researchers, and the general public. Being immersed in this positive learning environment—and wanting to better understand the potential influence of public gardening—I was motivated to assist my academic advisor in the development of the first undergraduate course in public garden management offered at Ohio State.
After completing my undergraduate studies, I entered the Longwood Gardens internship program where I worked alongside the talented horticulture staff in the outdoor and conservatory gardens for one year to hone my horticultural skills at a historic display garden. Prior to my arrival at the Arnold Arboretum, I was a visiting scholar at the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens where I assisted with ecological research studying the effects of afforestation on the diversity, abundance, and performance of understory vegetation. This long-term research project will help scientists and foresters better understand the impact extensive afforestation has produced on the diversity of flora in the fragile Mediterranean scrubland ecosystem. In addition to research, I curated the native Israeli bulb collection. Over the course of six months I implemented procedures to improve data-collection methods, horticultural practices, and the interpretative materials related to the collection.
As the 2014 Curatorial Fellow I am engaging and enhancing the collections by working directly with the curatorial team to interpret, document, and systematically evaluate the living and preserved collections. My diverse background in horticulture, ecology, and plant science enables me to critically observe the collection through numerous perspectives. The opportunity to explore the vast intellectual resources at the Arnold Arboretum will enrich and advance my interests in curation, conservation, landscape history, and plant biology.
- Wood, J. Stewartia pseudocamellia. Silva, Spring/Summer 2015: 18. [pdf]
- Wood, J. Rhus coriaria. Silva, Fall/Winter 2014-2015: 18. [pdf]