Manager of Adult Education
Boston, MA 02130
MS Communications Management, Simmons College
BA French Studies, Mount Holyoke College
As manager of adult education, I develop a range of programs to encourage interest in and exploration of horticulture, gardening, natural sciences, and landscape. Our programs reach a range of community members, from professional horticulturists to avid home gardeners and novices. No matter what level of knowledge and experience you may bring to one of our classes, you are guaranteed to leave with some new nugget of understanding, and typically, a load of practical information. I strive to identify instructors and topics that will deliver “aha” moments and expand curiosity about the natural world, about the interactions between plants and animals, about the human propensity to plant seeds and make gardens.
I have taken numerous art and landscape design classes since graduating from Mount Holyoke College. In May 2010, I received a master’s degree in communications management from Simmons College. Outside of work, I garden with my cats and play ice hockey year-round with several women’s teams.
In June of 2013 I climbed Mount Shasta (14,179-ft.) in northern California with the Breast Cancer Fund to raise awareness of the environmental links to breast cancer. Read a Harvard Gazette article about my motivation for signing on to this enormous physical challenge. Recent adventures have included helping Mahoosuc Guide Service on canoe expeditions in Maine. Publications:
Thompson, P.J. 2015. Pterostyrax hispidus, the Fragrant Epaulette Tree. Arnoldia 72(4):36-37. [pdf] Thompson, P.J. 2009. Cultivating Plant Careers. Silva Fall/Winter 2009-2010: 4-5. [pdf]