Horticulture Experts

Todd Forrest
Arthur Ross Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections, The New York Botanical Garden
Todd Forrest is responsible for the Horticulture Division’s programs and activities, including overseeing the grounds, all 50 gardens and living collections, flower shows and exhibitions, and a staff of 80 managers, curators, gardeners, andcommunity horticulturists. In addition, he advises on long-term strategy for the Garden’s 250-acre landscape. An expert advocate for historic trees, forests, and urban landscapes, Forrest is also an instructor of ornamental woody plants and has written many articles and interpretative materials. Hejoined The New York Botanical Garden in 1997, first as an intern and then as a research assistant, before becoming a vital part of the horticulture staff in 1999. Previously, Forrest worked at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. A graduate of Wesleyan University, he has a Master of Forest Science degreefrom Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Francisca Coelho
Vivian and Edward Merrin Associate Vice President for Glasshouses and Exhibitions,
The New York Botanical Garden

Francisca Coelho leads all Conservatory exhibition-related planning and implementation for the Horticulture Division and is best known for her plantsmanship and management skills in developing the high-profile shows in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Coelho came to the Garden as a student in the School of Professional Horticulture and joined the staff in 1981, serving as an assistant gardenerbefore joining the Plant Records office. In 1985 she moved to the glasshouses and in 2005 became Director of Glasshouses and Senior Curator. She was deeply involved in the restoration of the Conservatory and instrumental in moving the Garden’s research collections and plant production operations from the Propagation Range to the Nolen Greenhouses for Living Collections.

Karen Daubmann
Associate Vice Presidentof Exhibitions and Public Engagement, The New York Botanical Garden
Karen Daubmann’s experience and enthusiasm contributes significantly to The New York Botanical Garden’s growing exhibition program. She previously served as director of horticulture at the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh where she was responsible for all aspects of horticulture, including indoor and outdoor display and greenhouse production. Daubmann received hermaster’s degree in Public Horticulture Administration from the Longwood Graduate Program at the University of Delaware and a BS in Urban Horticulture and Turf Grass Management as well as a BLA for Landscape Architecture from the University of Rhode Island.