Arthur Ross Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections
Todd Forrest oversees all aspects of the management and development of the Garden’s landmark 250-acre site, its glasshouses, and indoor and outdoor exhibitions, including the 50-acre Thain Family Forest, 50 gardens and plant collections, exhibitions in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, and outdoor art exhibitions. He manages a staff of 80 including managers, curators, gardeners, and community horticulturists. Todd has taken a leadership role in planning and implementing projects such as the construction of the Benenson Ornamental Conifers, restoration of the Ross Conifer Arboretum, the construction and planting of the 11-acre Azalea Garden, and the new Native Plant Garden. He advises on long-term strategy for future development of the Garden’s landscape, Conservatory and art exhibitions, seasonal events and displays of all kinds.
An advocate for historic trees, forests, urban landscapes, and public gardens, Forrest has written many articles and interpretative materials. He joined The New York Botanical Garden in 1997 as an intern and research assistant in the Science division before joining the Horticulture staff as Associate Curator of Woody Plants in 1999. Previously, Forrest worked at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. A graduate of Wesleyan University, he has a Master of Forest Science degree from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.