Photo of a SoPH student at work in the Nolen Greenhouse

School of Professional Horticulture’s Virtual Open House

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

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 fill out the below form. For any questions, contact the School Manager, Eric Lieberman, at

Program of Events

  1. Eric Lieberman, Interim-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
    • Communications and Business Management
      Amelia Huckel-Bauer, SoPH instructor, Owner, Elora Theater Arts, actor
    • Horticulture
      Todd Forrest, Arthur Ross Vice President for Horticulture & Living Collections
    • Landscape Design
      Liz Poccia, SoPH/Adult Education instructor
  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), Interim-Director, School of Professional Horticulture
    • Student Plots
      Brian Sullivan, Vivian & Edward Merrin Vice President for Glasshouses & Landscape
    • Internships
      Samantha Bachert (Class of 2020), Horticulturist, Greenbelt Native Plant Center
  4. Hear from alumni, including:

    • Wambui Ippolito (Class of 2018) – Award Winning Landscape Designer, NYC
    • Ralph Portillano (Class of 2018) – Senior Design Manager, The Plant Shed
    • Katharine Startup (Class of 2019) – Assistant Horticulturist, Chanticleer Garden
  5. Following the presentation, there will be a Q & A segment.

RSVPs are now closed for this event.