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Travis Beck

Travis is the Director of Horticulture at Mt. Cuba Center and holds a master’s degree in Horticulture from Ohio State University. He is a registered landscape architect and author of Principles of Ecological Landscape Design, which applies current scientific thinking to the design and management of sustainable landscapes.

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.

Maggie Brock

Maggie is an Education and Research Assistant at Mt. Cuba Center. She earned her master’s degree in museum education and has worked at many non-profits including Grounds For Sculpture.

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.

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.

Shelby French

Shelby is Mt. Cuba Center’s Assistant Greenhouse Manager and Propagator. Previously, Shelby worked for commercial greenhouses and in the tree care industry. She enjoys the challenges of propagating native plants. 35the New York Botanical Garden.

Aaron Greenberg

Aaron is a Natural Lands Steward at Mt. Cuba Center. He received his bachelor's degree in biology from Wesleyan University and worked as an organic farmer and an arborist before pursuing his dream of ecosystem management in Mt. Cuba Center's Natural Lands.

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.

Scott Kelley

Scott is Head Arborist at Mt. Cuba Center. He is an International Society of Arboriculture certified arborist and qualified tree risk assessor.

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.

David Korbonits

Dave is the Meadow Area Horticulturist at Mt. Cuba Center and author of The Meadow Plants at Mt. Cuba Center. Dave is also part of Mt. Cuba Center’s compost team.

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.

Gus Miller

Gus has been a Grounds Maintenance Technician at Mt. Cuba Center for 15 years. He earned a Certificate of Merit in Ornamental Horticulture from Longwood Gardens, a Certificate in Ecological Gardening from Mt. Cuba Center, and is a Delaware Certified Naturalist.

Phil Oyerly

Phil is Mt. Cuba Center’s Greenhouse Manager and founding member of the Native Orchid Conference. He and his staff grow native plants to support the Center’s landscape and research activities. Phil is also an expert grower of native orchids.

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.

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.

Emily Tinalli

Emily is the Mt. Cuba Center Horticulturist responsible for the Rock Outcrop and Scree Gardens. She has a bachelor's degree in horticulture from Farmingdale State College and bachelor's in business management from SUNY New Paltz. She enjoys gardening with native plants, working in public horticulture, wild land adventuring, and knitting.

Karen Travers

Karen is a professional field biologist and educator who has led natural history field trips for more than 25 years. She is a docent at Mt. Cuba Center and the past President of the Pennsbury Land Trust.

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.

Marcie Weigelt

Marcie is the Pond Area Horticulturist at Mt. Cuba Center where she develops, maintains, and showcases our exceptional pond landscapes. She is an experienced and avid moss and fern gardener.

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.

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