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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 Gardener groups, and libraries - both in person and online.  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