Mt Cuba Center
Mt Cuba Center

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Sue Boss

Sue is Mt. Cuba Center's Entrance Landscape Horticulturist, responsible for the gardens along the entrance drive. Previously, she was a gardener at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library for 11 years.

Eileen Boyle

Eileen is the Director of Education and Research at Mt. Cuba Center. She loves teaching, especially about plants and their relationships with birds and butterflies. Previously, she was the Director of Horticulture at the Philadelphia Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden.

George Coombs

George is the Research Horticulturist at Mt. Cuba Center. His work includes trialing new and old cultivars of native plants to determine their horticultural and ecological value.

Joel Dunn

Joel Dunn is President and CEO of Chesapeake Conservancy, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting landscapes that are vital to the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its cultural heritage. He leads the Conservancy’s efforts to strengthen the connection between people and the Bay’s watershed as a way to promote the need to conserve the watersheds and special places that sustain the Chesapeake’s unique natural and cultural resources. Dunn was co-editor of A Sustainable Chesapeake: Better Models for Conservation and has written numerous opinion editorials for newspapers in the Chesapeake region.

Scott Freedman

Scott is a Grounds Maintenance Technician at Mt. Cuba Center. Prior to this he managed a commercial maintenance company where he oversaw operations, equipment maintenance, scheduling, and purchasing.

Carol Gracie

Carol Gracie is retired from The New York Botanical Garden, where she worked in the Science Division. She has since returned to her earlier interest in local flora and has co-authored, with Steven Clemants, Wildflowers in the Field and Forest: A Field Guide to the Northeastern United States. Her latest book, Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast: A Natural History, was published by Princeton University Press in 2012. Carol is currently working on a book on the natural history of summer wildflowers.

Eileen Hazard

Eileen is the Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator at Mt. Cuba Center, promoting our mission of ecological gardening and habitat conservation to surrounding communities and overseeing the volunteer program. Previously she worked as an environmental engineer and an educator for a local watershed organization.

Amy Highland

Amy Highland is the Director of Collections at Mt. Cuba Center. She obtained her degree in Public Horticulture from Purdue University. In 2006 she joined Mt. Cuba Center as the Plant Recorder and in 2012 she became our first Curator. Soon after, Amy was named Director of Collections and now oversees both living and non-living collections for the Center. Currently she is engaged in expanding the genetic diversity of the gardens and developing standards for our Core Collections.

Duncan Himmelman

Duncan is the Education Manager at Mt. Cuba Center. He has advanced degrees in ornamental horticulture, has taught at colleges in Canada and the US, and has practiced horticulture for more than 35 years.

Renée Kemmerer

Renée is Mt. Cuba Center’s Dogwood Path Area Horticulturist who continues her lifelong dream of working with native plants and exploring their natural communities. She earned her degree from the University of Delaware.

Dana Lynch

Dana is a former biologist with the Endangered Species Program of the US Fish and Wildlife Service. She has been with Mt. Cuba Center for the past 9 years as a docent and a Visitor Experience Assistant.

Erin McCormick

Erin is a horticulturist at Mt. Cuba Center who rotates throughout the different garden areas. She is a graduate of Longwood Gardens’ Professional Gardener Program and has over 15 years of gardening experience.

Vic Piatt

Vic is a graduate of Longwood Gardens’ Professional Gardener Program. He has worked at Mt. Cuba Center for 24 years, where he has held many positions including Plant Evaluation Gardener and Rock Outcrop/Scree Gardens Horticulturist. Vic is now the Gardens Manager.

Stephen Pyne

Steve is a Greenhouse Assistant at Mt. Cuba Center and works in the Victorian Fernery at Morris Arboretum. His current projects include propagating ferns, lycopods, and terrestrial orchids.

Lou Schurter

Lou is a Natural Lands Steward at Mt. Cuba Center where he has managed both flora and fauna since 1993.

Nathan Shampine

Nate is Mt. Cuba Center’s Natural Lands Manager responsible for land conservation and developing healthy and functional ecosystems. He earned his degree in Environmental and Forest Biology from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Margaret Shillingford

Margaret is the Education Coordinator at Mt. Cuba Center and a former docent. She earned her master’s degree in education from Wilmington University and is passionate about conserving the environment.

Chris Starr

Chris is a talented, experienced, and knowledgeable photographer who has had many roles at Mt. Cuba Center. At present, he is a member of the grounds team.

Jimmy Testa

Jimmy is the Woods Path Horticulturist/IPM Liaison for Mt. Cuba Center and a graduate of the Professional Gardeners Training Program at Longwood Gardens. His professional background includes propagation, arboriculture, and pest management.

William Trescott

Bill has been an Arborist at Mt. Cuba Center for 25 years. He is an International Society of Arboriculture certified arborist and qualified tree risk assessor.

Larry Weaner

Larry Weaner has been creating native landscapes since 1977. His firm, Larry Weaner Landscape Associates, has a nation-wide reputation for combining ecological restoration with fine garden design. The firm's work has received numerous awards and been featured in Garden Design, The American Gardener, and Landscape Architecture Magazine. Larry founded the New Directions in the American Landscape conference.

Claudia West

Claudia is the Ecological Sales Manager at North Creek Nurseries. Her work focuses on the development of stable, layered planting designs. She strives to bring American native plants back into our landscape by making them widely available.

Donna Wiley

Donna is the horticulturist for Mt. Cuba Center’s Formal Gardens. Her expertise includes container gardening and floral arranging.

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