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Nancy Bell

Nancy Bell is the Education and Garden Coach Coordinator at Gateway Garden Center in Hockessin. She has Certificates of Merit in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design from Longwood Gardens.

Eileen Boyle

Eileen Boyle is the Director of Conservation 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 Coombs is the Director of Horticulture at Mt. Cuba Center. Previously he was Manager of Research at the Center in which he trialed cultivars and species of native plants to determine their horticultural and ecological value.

Scott Freedman

Scott Freedman is Mt. Cuba Center’s Grounds and Plant Health Care Specialist. Prior to this he managed a commercial maintenance company, where he oversaw operations, equipment maintenance, scheduling, and purchasing.

Nichole Gerding

Nichole Gerding owns Thankful Sage Farm School, which specializes in carefully crafted small batch organic soaps and candles using historic methods and, when possible, local ingredients. Nichole developed her heritage skills at Colonial Williamsburg, and she was a finalist in Martha Stewart Living’s “American Made” contest in 2014 and 2015.

Duncan Himmelman

Duncan Himmelman, PhD, is the Education Manager at Mt. Cuba Center. He earned his doctorate in Ornamental Horticulture at Cornell University, taught college for 24 years, and has contributed to a number of horticultural publications. Duncan managed a 20 acre estate in Greenwich, CT and has designed landscapes for both private and public clients in New York City, Toronto, and Chicago.

Renée Kemmerer

Renée Kemmerer is Mt. Cuba Center’s Upper Naturalistic Gardens Horticulturist who continues her lifelong dream of working with native plants and exploring their natural communities. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware.

Danilo Maffei

Danilo Maffei, APLD, PCH, is the founding principal of Maffei Landscape Design, LLC, a firm that specializes in creating outdoor places that are meaningful and responsive to the specific conditions in which they are set with an emphasis on sustainable plant selections.

Margaret Saylor

Margaret Saylor is the editor/designer of ASBA’s The Botanical Artist journal. She earned a Certificate in Botanical art and Illustration, with distinction, from the NYBG.

Sara Setzer

Sara Setzer is a fiber artist who specializes in the art of felt work. Inspired by nature, she creates eco-dyed and printed scarves, wraps, and collars using natural materials and leaves.

Nathan Shampine

Nate Shampine, CERP, is Mt. Cuba Center’s Natural Lands Manager responsible for implementing land conservation practices and developing healthy and functional ecosystems. He is a graduate of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and he is also a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner through the Society for Ecological Restoration.

Margaret Shillingford

Margaret Shillingford is the Education Program Specialist at Mt. Cuba Center and a former Docent. She earned a master’s degree in education from Wilmington University and a bachelor’s in Horticulture from Rutgers University.

Donna Wiley

Donna Wiley is the Formal Gardens Horticulturist at Mt. Cuba Center. She has a keen eye for color and design with expertise in container gardening and floral arranging.

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