SoPH Students working on a microscope.

What Our Graduates Say

School of Professional Horticulture graduates go into an array of careers. Many go on to work at The New York Botanical Garden or other botanical gardens around the world, while others design rooftop gardens, manage private estates, start their own businesses or become editors of top, national magazines. Alumni remain an integral part of the School, and students have numerous opportunities to network with them. Listen to some alumni explain why they came to the School and how it helped them launch their careers in horticulture.

Ani Adishian, Class of 2001

Ani started her own company, Flora Horticultural Services, which is responsible for beautifying the campus of Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y.

Ronda Brand, Class of 2009

Ronda partnered with Lynden B. Miller upon graduation and is now a freelance garden designers and horticulturist, designing public spaces in and around NYC.

Wayne Cahilly, Class of 1984

Wayne was hired by The New York Botanical Garden upon graduation and is currently Manager of the Institutional Mapping Department.

Francisca Coelho, Class of 1981

Francisca was hired by The New York Botanical Garden upon graduation and is currently Associate Vice President for Glasshouses and Exhibitions.

Santiago DaSilva, Class of 2009

After graduation, Santiago formed his own company, Castle Oak Horticulture, that does design, installation, and fine gardening around Stamford, CT.

Melissa Fisher, Class of 2006

Upon graduation Melissa worked with the Horticultural Society of New York before becoming the Chief Operating Officer of Friends of the High Line in NYC. She is currently a freelance horticulturist in Virginia.

Erika Hanson, Class of 2007

Erika started her own consulting, design, and maintenance firm, Living Colors Landscape and Garden, in New York’s Hudson Valley.

John Holm, Class of 2002

John was an estate manager for many years in Westchester County, NY. He is currently a freelance horticulturist in the NYC region.

Amanda J. Kozora, Class of 2009

Amanda works for Vert Gardens, Inc. as an estate gardener at three private homes located on the eastern end of Long Island.

Fintan O’Sullivan, Class of 2007

A native of Australia, Fintan was hired by The New York Botanical Garden as a gardener in the Nolen Greenhouses and is currently working on the Outdoor Gardens team.