Faculty and Staff
Plant Collection and Preservation Workshop
Weed Identification and Management
Horticulture Techniques: Landscape Construction
Winter Tree Identification
Selecting Trees for Garden and Landscape
Nursery and Greenhouse Management
Landscape Plants: Bulbs
Principles of Ecological
Horticultural Techniques: Landscape Gardening
Vice President for Continuing and Public Education
Charles M. Yurgalevitch, Ph.D.
Director, School of Professional Horticulture
Manager, School of Professional Horticulture
Daniel Atha is Conservation Program Manager at NYBG. He has conducted botanical fieldwork in all 50 states and in such far-flung places as Vietnam, Bolivia, Mexico, Belize, and several states of the former Soviet Union. His work is focused on floristics, taxonomy, conservation, and applied botany. He holds a BA from the City University of New York.
Tolly Beck is a horticulturist at Lasdon Park and Arboretum, part of Westchester County Parks, Recreation and Conservation. She was formerly a horticulture educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland County.
Katie Bronson is a gardener in the Everett Children's Adventure Garden at NYBG. She holds a BFA in sculpture from Pratt Institute and a certificate in sustainable landscape design from George Washington University.
Jamie Boyer, Ph.D. is Stavros Niarchos Foundation Vice President for Children's Education at NYBG. He holds a doctorate in plant biology from the State University of New York at Binghamton.
Wayne Cahilly is Manager of the Lionel Goldfrank III Institutional Mapping Department at NYBG. He is an arborist, garden consultant, and a graduate of the School of Professional Horticulture.
*Francisca Coelho is Vivian and Edward Merrin Vice President for Glasshouses and Exhibitions at NYBG. She leads all Conservatory exhibitionrelated planning and implementation for the Horticulture Division and is best known for her plantmanship and management skills in developing high-profile shows in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.
*Matthew Cook is Manager of Arboretum and Grounds at NYBG. He has been involved in landscaping, design, and property maintenance for the past 20 years, having spent the last decade in public-space management in New York City.
Mark Cupkovic is Vice President for Security and Operations at NYBG, and holds a BA from Miami University, Ohio.
Deanna Curtis, Curator of Woody Plants at NYBG, is an ISA-certified arborist. She holds a BS in horticulture from Michigan State University and graduate degrees in both horticulture and landscape architecture from Cornell University, where she specialized in urban horticulture.
William Einhorn, RLA, principal of Landscape Design Associates of Westchester, Inc., and AquaScape Pool Company, holds a BLA from the College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse.
Nancy Gerlach-Spriggs has a BSLA from City College and a MLA from Harvard University. She designs small-scale residential landscapes and is author of Restorative Gardens: The Healing Landscape (Yale University Press). She has taught in the NYBG Landscape Design Certificate Program for more than ten years.
*Marc Hachadourian, Director of the Nolen Greenhouses for Living Collections at NYBG, holds a BS in plant science from Cornell University. He supervises the care of the botanical collections, including an extensive orchid collection and exhibition plants in the Nolen Greenhouses.
Michael Hagen is Curator of the Native Plant Garden and the Rock Garden at NYBG. He previously served as staff horticulturist for Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring, N.Y., and garden manager at Rocky Hills, a preservation project of the Garden Conservancy in Mt. Kisco, N.Y.
Bill Logan is an ISA-certified arborist, a member of the American Society of Consulting Arborists, founder and president of Urban Arborists, Inc., and author of several books, including Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth.
Marta McDowell holds a Certificate in Landscape Design from NYBG and is a writer, lecturer, and gardener. One of her books, Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life, published by Timber Press, won a 2014 Gold Award from the Garden Writers Association. She is active in the Chatham Community Garden and is on the board of the New Jersey Historical Garden Foundation.
Eric Morgan, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Ornamental Horticulture at Farmingdale State College. Prior to this position, he spent seven years as the director of research and executive director at Bartlett Arboretum in Connecticut.
*Kurt Morrell is AP Farm Associate Vice President for Landscape Operations at NYBG and a graduate of the School of Professional Horticulture.
Rachel Rock-Blake is an Assistant Curator of Outdoor Gardens at NYBG. A graduate of Smith College, she has a Master of Science degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut.
Michael Ruggiero is the former Senior Curator of Horticulture and a longtime instructor at NYBG. He lectures and writes on gardening topics and has authored several books, including Annuals with Style and Perennial Gardening.
Shawn Spencer directs the Land Restoration Project Division with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation. He holds BS degrees in forestry and wildlife biology and has been an outdoor educator and restoration specialist for more than 25 years.
*Brian Sullivan is Vice President for Landscape, Gardens, and Outdoor Collections at NYBG. Previously he was director of horticulture and garden operations at Descanso Gardens in California.
*Mobee Weinstein, Foreman of Gardeners at NYBG, holds a BS in plant studies from Lehman College and is a graduate of the School of Professional Horticulture.
Horticulture Rotation Supervisory Staff
Toby Adams Director of the Edible Academy
Don Gabel Director of Plant Health
Annie Novak Manager of the Edible Academy
Kristine Paulus Plant Records Manager
Eric Pioselli Foreman, Turf and Grounds
Kristin Schleiter Associate Vice President for Outdoor Gardens & Senior Curator
Jessica Arcate Schuler Director of the Thain Family Forest
* Indicates also Horticulture Rotation Staff.