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For the past 5 decades travel, academic studies, and work have provided a rewarding context for my love of plants. I retired in 2017 as Superintendent of Horticultural Education at New Jersey's Morris County Park Commission where I oversaw programming and interpretation at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Willowwood Arboretum and Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center.

Currently, I'm enjoying my own garden and spending time with like-minded plant people. I am a member of the Herb Society of America,

The Council on Horticultural and Botanical Libraries, and Garden State Gardens, a consortium of New Jersey's public gardens of which I am a founding member and past President.  My column, The Garden Historian, is featured bi-monthly in Gardener News Magazine.

I offer illustrated lectures and hands-on workshops to garden clubs, plant and historic societies, Master Gardeners and libraries, both in person and online.  I speak at flower shows, conferences and symposia throughout the the Mid Atlantic region, as well as libraries with holdings or collections of historic or rare books of horticultural merit.

The range of gardening topics offered is wide, but the lens is narrow. Liberated from socio-economic and geo-political constraints, we'll be free to think solely about plants - our silent, sentient partners in the green history of the world.  

Connecting people and plants, with science and story