Photo of a SoPH student at work in the Nolen Greenhouse

School of Professional Horticulture’s Open House

July 7, 2021

6 p.m. EDT | Online

Please join us for our Virtual Open House and learn more about the School of Professional Horticulture’s accredited program, which is among the few hands-on horticulture training programs in the world. During the Open House, attendees will have the opportunity to speak with select faculty, staff, and distinguished alumni. Following the presentation, attendees can take part in a Q & A segment with the event’s speakers. To register, please contact the School Manager, Eric Lieberman, via e-mail at

Program of Events

  1. Charles Yurgalevitch, Ph.D. Director, School of Professional Horticulture

  2. Learn about the curriculum for the School of Professional Horticulture.

    • Botany
      Jamie Boyer, Ph.D. Stavros Niarchos Foundation Vice President for Children’s Education, SoPH/Adult Education instructor, Adult Education Botany Program Coordinator
    • Horticulture
      Charles Yurgalevitch, Ph.D. Director, School of Professional Horticulture
    • Landscape Design
      Marta McDowell, SoPH/Adult Education instructor, author
    • Communications and Business Management
      Amelia Huckel-Bauer, SoPH instructor, Owner, Elora Theater Arts, actor
  3. Students receive hands-on specialized training, including:

    • Rotations
      Todd Forrest, Arthur Ross Vice President for Horticulture & Living Collections
    • Plant Walks & Field Trips
      Eric Lieberman (Class of 2012), Manager, School of Professional Horticulture
    • Student Plots
      Brian Sullivan, Vivian & Edward Merrin Vice President for Glasshouses & Landscape
    • Internships
      Samantha Bachert (Class of 2020), Horticulturist, The Battery Conservancy
  4. Hear from alumni, including:

    • Emanuel Akintayo (Class of 2017)
      Gardens Supervisor, Rock Cobble Farm, South Kent, CT
    • Ralph Portillano (Class of 2018)
      Senior Design Manager, The Plant Shed
    • Katharine Startup (Class of 2019)
      Assistant Horticulturist, Chanticleer Garden