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Todd Forrest: The New York Botanical Garden

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Without a doubt, New York City is the capital of the world and when people think about this great city, they often forget that it is also the home of one of the most prestigious botanical gardens in the world,The New York Botanical Garden! The NYBG is steward of a 250-acre site National Historic Landmark landscape that is actually located in the borough of the Bronx and offers breathtaking outdoor and indoor gardens, natural forest that has been untouched and an assortment of activities for all ages.

The New York Botanical Garden is the only botanical garden in the world with major new facilities for its library, herbarium, and research laboratory—all opened within the last seven years.

In this segment of The Organic View Radio Show, host, June Stoyer will speak to Todd Forrest, Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections, The New YorkBotanical Garden.

Todd Forrest is responsible for the Horticulture Division’s programs and activities, including overseeing the grounds, all 50 gardens and living collections, flower shows and exhibitions, and a staff of 80 managers, curators, gardeners, and community horticulturists. In addition, he advises on long-term strategy for the Garden’s 250-acre landscape. An expert advocate for historic trees, forests, and urban landscapes, Forrest is also an instructor of ornamental woody plants and has written many articles and interpretative materials. He joined The New York Botanical Garden in 1997, first as an intern and then as a research assistant, before becoming a vital part of the horticulture staff in 1999. Previously, Forrest worked at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. A graduate of WesleyanUniversity, he has a Master of Forest Science degree from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

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