Mt Cuba Center
Mt Cuba Center

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Miles Arnott

Miles Arnott is the Executive Director of the Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve. He has an MS in botany from Tulane University, specializing in plant taxonomy and pollination ecology, and has extensive experience in horticulture and landscape management.

Sue Boss

Sue is the Mt. Cuba Center Horticulturist responsible for the gardens along the entrance drive. She formerly worked at Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library.

Sarah Bouboulis

Sarah is a planning specialist with the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary. She has also worked for Delaware Fish and Wildlife monitoring bats.

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.

Todd Brethauer

Todd is a plant pathologist and science educator at the United States Botanic Garden where he presents lectures on carnivorous plants, orchids, spices, and bromeliads. He was a featured speaker at the 2016 EcoSavvy Gardening Symposium at Green Spring Gardens in Alexandria, VA.

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.

April Coburn

April practices, teaches, and crafts herbal medicine in Southern Chester County, Pennsylvania. She has over 20 years of experience studying and working with plants that heal, and she offers consultations to help people discover supportive herbal protocols for their wellbeing goals.

Phyllis D’Amico

Phyllis is a registered horticultural therapist with the American Horticultural Therapy Association and has more than 30 years of professional experience. She created an award-winning horticultural therapy program for special needs students at the New Jersey Regional Day School in Newark, where she is the lead science teacher.

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.

Annie Guilfoyle

Annie Guilfoyle is an award-winning garden designer and principal of Creative Landscapes in West Sussex (UK). Her design style varies from contemporary to traditional and urban to rural. She teaches at Great Dixter, UK, lectures throughout Europe and the USA, and is a regular contributor to Gardens Illustrated. She has been commissioned to write a book on the creative approach to garden design.

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.

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.

Marjorie Jones

Marjorie G. Jones is a graduate of Wheaton College (MA) and the Rutgers School of Law. After 25 years in banking and executive recruitment, she returned to school and earned an MA in Historical Studies at the Graduate Faculty of the New School in New York City. She has taught at The New School, Mercy College, and, most recently, at Graterford Prison for Villanova University. A member of the Writing Women’s Lives seminar in NYC, she lives in Philadelphia.

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.

Danilo Maffei

Danilo is a professional landscape designer and horticulturist who believes the way to a better life is through an integrated approach to the planning, creation and maintenance of our built and natural environments. He specializes in conceiving and creating outdoor places that are meaningful, relevant and responsive to the specific conditions in which they are set with an emphasis on sustainable plant selections.

Erin McCormick

Erin is an Associate Horticulturist in the Lower Naturalistic Gardens of Mt. Cuba Center and a member of the Plant Health Team. She is a graduate of the Longwood Gardens Professional Gardener Program and has over 15 years of 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.

Vic Piatt

Vic is a graduate of the Longwood Gardens Professional Gardener Program and has worked at Mt. Cuba Center for 24 years holding several positions including Cut Flower gardener and Plant Evaluation gardener. He presently is the Gardens Manager.

Kevin Popowich

Kevin is the Natural Lands Intern at Mt. Cuba Center and a graduate of Kutztown University, where he majored in environmental science. He enjoys hiking and backpacking and plans to attend graduate school for a degree in plant ecology or restoration ecology.

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.

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.

Elena Tartaglia

Elena is co-founder of National Moth Week and an assistant professor in biology at Bergen Community College. She has worked as an environmental educator, native plant propagator, and meadow restorationist for Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve.

Diana Thorton

Diana is the Greenhouse Propagation Intern at Mt. Cuba Center and a 2016 graduate of Bowling Green State University, where she majored in biology. She would like to develop a native plant nursery and delve more into permaculture.

Emily Tinalli

Emily is the Mt. Cuba Center Horticulturist responsible for the Meadow and bordering woodland gardens. She has a bachelor's degree in horticulture from Farmingdale State College and has recently begun honing her skills as an amateur field botanist. She enjoys chatting native plants with the public, guerrilla gardening, wild land adventuring, and knitting obscenely long scarves.

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 a graduate of the Longwood Gardens Professional Gardener Program and the Lower Naturalistic Gardens Horticulturist at Mt. Cuba Center. She develops, maintains, and showcases our hallmark pond landscapes and is an experienced and avid moss 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.

Donna Wiley

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

Jordane Wiseman

Jordane has studied Visual Communications and Environmental Science. She is an Assistant Horticulturist at Mt. Cuba Center, working to restore landscapes that are as aesthetically pleasing as they are ecologically functional.

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