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NameBiography
Helen Avery Helen Avery hosts the weekly show Constellation Stories on the astronomy education and robotic telescope platform Slooh, where she weaves tales both mythical and historical among the science of the stars. Helen is also a journalist, meditation teacher, and minister living in Brooklyn.
Karen Bell Karen Bell holds an MFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. In addition to BBG, she has taught photography at the New School, the International Center of Photography, FIT, and Seton Hall University. Her photographs have been exhibited and collected throughout the U.S., including the Brooklyn Museum, the New York Public Library, and Ellis Island Museum.
Dana Bourne
Jamie Boyer Jamie Boyer has a doctorate in paleobotany from the State University of New York, where he researched the evolution and development of the earliest land plants. He also holds an MA in paleobotany from Southern Illinois University, where he studied fossils of the oldest known trees. In addition to teaching at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Jamie works as the vice president for Children's Education at the New York Botanical Garden.
Enid Braun Artist Enid Braun uses urban and nature landscape imagery in mixed-media drawing, pastel, and oil. She currently teaches private figure drawing in her Brooklyn studio and has taught for the Battery Park City Conservancy, the 92nd Street Y, and Cooper Union public programs. She recently taught Adirondacks Plein Air, a five-day workshop for the Tahawus Center in Au Sable Forks, New York, and has also been a visiting artist at the San Francisco Art Institute and at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. She received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and MFA from Pratt Institute. Check out her website for more information.
Nina Browne
Nancy Carey Nan Carey is a painter and potter. Her watercolors and sketchbooks are exhibited widely, and she teaches classes and workshops in watercolor painting, sketchbook journaling, and collage. She holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Ember Chabot Ember Chabot has a master's degree in entomology from the University of Illinois, where she completed a research project in molecular ecology using DNA sequencing techniques to inform the reintroduction of an endangered aquatic insect species. She has also worked professionally as a scuba diver to control an invasive aquatic plant species in lakes across New York State. In addition to BBG, she works as a full-time educator at a private high school in Brooklyn.
Marna Chester Marna Chester is a multidisciplinary artist who creates paper installations for commercial and private clients. Her work has been exhibited at the Wild Bird Fund Gallery, Rye Arts Center, Voelker Orth Museum, on the television series Gotham, and at Bergdorf Goodman. This past summer she was an artist-in-residence on Governors Island through NYC Audubon. She has taught paper sculpture workshops at Yeshiva University Museum, Rye Arts Center, Creative Center, Brooklyn Brainery, and Au Papier Japonais in Montreal. A native New Yorker, she has a BFA from Alfred University and an MPS from Pratt Institute. Follow her on Instagram @marna_chester.
Kwok Kay Choey Kwok Kay Choey is an artist and tai chi instructor. He received his art education in Singapore, New York, and Europe and is proficient in both Chinese and Western painting. He has led painting/calligraphy workshops at the Metropolitan Museum and at the American Museum of Natural History and taught at Queens College, Westchester Community College Center for the Arts, and elsewhere. A practitioner of tai chi/qi gong for more than 50 years, he often participates in tai chi seminars in Asia and has instructor certification in Tai Chi for Arthritis from the Dr. Paul Lam Tai Chi for Health Institute. He practices the Yang style, tracing tai chi's martial arts origins while emphasizing its health benefits.
Mary Christiansen Artist Mary Christiansen taught art at the Brearley School for 29 years and has also been an instructor in botanical art at the New York Botanical Garden, where she received a certificate in botanical art. She has exhibited her work in many juried group shows, including the American Society of Botanical Artists exhibitions at the New York Horticultural Society and at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, DC.
Febe Daniels
Erin Eck Erin Eck is a Horticulture Supervisor at Friends of the High Line where she also writes the horticulture blog, Gardening in the Sky. She also designs gardens for OP/A, a Brooklyn-based architectural design firm. Before joining the High Line in 2013, Erin worked as a research assistant, studying soil health in NYC community gardens. She continues to be deeply interested in soil health and its impact on plant health.
Kim Eierman Specializing in ecological landscapes and native plants, Kim Eierman is a certified horticulturist through the American Society for Horticultural Science, master gardener, master naturalist, and accredited organic land care professional. In addition to BBG, she teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, the Native Plant Center at Westchester Community College (where she is also on the steering committee), and several other institutions. Kim is an active speaker on many ecological gardening topics and also provides horticultural consulting to homeowners and commercial clients.
Sara Epstein Sara Epstein coordinates Project Green Reach, Brooklyn Botanic Garden's botanical science outreach program to Brooklyn schools. She loves teaching and learning about plants with people of all ages.
Joseph Giunta Joseph Giunta has led bird walks for the Nature Conservancy and the South Fork Natural History Society and taught a beginning birding course for Summer Fest. He has birded extensively in the U.S., Panama, Belize, Venezuela, and Costa Rica.
Brian Gresko Brian Gresko is a writer and the editor of the anthology When I First Held You: 22 Critically Acclaimed Writers Talk About the Triumphs, Challenges, and Transformative Experience of Fatherhood (Penguin, 2014). His fiction, essays, and interviews have appeared in numerous publications, most recently Longreads. He teaches creative writing at Sackett Street and Catapult and cohosts Pete's Reading Series, Brooklyn's longest-running reading project.
Hester Griffin Hester Griffin is an urban farmer and gardener. She began farming as an intern at Brooklyn Grange and then moved to Maine to work with organic farmers Barbara Damrosch and Eliot Coleman at Four Season Farm. Hester returned to NYC to work at Queens County Farm Museum and is currently a horticultural assistant in BBG's Discovery Garden.
Richard Haugland In the mid-1990s, Richard Haugland switched his career to horticulture after receiving a Certificate in Horticulture from BBG. He has since worked for New York City's Union Square Park, City Hall Park, and most recently the Narrows Botanical Garden, where he manages the greenhouse, farm, and pollinating gardens. He has taught classes at BBG ranging from seed starting and flower gardens to lawn care.
Madineyah Isaacs Madineyah Isaacs is a personal mastery and leadership coach and floral enthusiast representing Stems Brooklyn. She loves nature and helping people get back to their true nature; combining these two passions into mindfulness flower arranging was a natural step. Her career includes extensive traveling and coaching, in group settings and one-on-one, in Italy, London, the Middle East, and elsewhere.
Adriana Jamieson Adriana Jamison is a floral designer, potter, and student of herbalism at ArborVitae, based in Brooklyn. Shortly after realizing her future was destined to be among plants, she began creating vessels to hold them. Adriana leans toward a tempestuous style when designing with flowers and strives to remain true to natural textures and forms. Her greatest joy in designing is transposing the duality and unpredictability of nature.
Aimee Kirby Aimee Kirby is the founder and creative director of Ferox Studio, a garden and floral design firm working in the Northeast and beyond. She sees gardens and flora not only as a thing of beauty but also as opportunities to embrace natural media as art and functional installation. Aimee specializes in projects focused on pollinator palettes, soft textures, and layered multiseasonal appeal.
Judith Kunhardt Judith Kunhardt holds a degree in art history from the City College of New York. She is a member of the Brooklyn Watercolor Society and a fellow of the BBG Florilegium Society.
Barbara Kurland Barbara Kurland is BBG's director of Learning and Partnerships, where she manages school programs and teacher-training programs as well as partnerships with other institutions. She holds a BA from Vassar College and an MA from Lehman College, CUNY, both in biology, and before joining the Garden in 1989, she taught middle and high school science in the New York City public schools.
Mei Mei Lee
Doris Loechle Doris Loechle teaches classes in botany and gardening throughout New York City, including certificate courses in horticulture, plant identification, rooftop gardening, native plants, and proper plant usage. She has also worked at various botanic gardens and estates, including Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town, South Africa. In addition to horticulture, she has a background in design and fine metalcraft.
Uli Lorimer Uli Lorimer is curator of BBG's Native Flora Garden, where he has been instrumental in expanding the garden to include a coastal plain meadow and pine barrens habitat. In his ongoing efforts to collect seed from the wild and bring to BBG rare and unusual indigenous species, he works to document and study the biodiversity of the NYC area. He holds an honors degree from the University of Delaware in landscape horticulture.
Allison Maletz Allison Maletz is a contemporary watercolor and mixed media artist, with degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design and the Slade School of Fine Art, London. She has exhibited her work widely in Europe and the U.S. She has also taught people of all ages and currently leads classes in painting, drawing, illustration, installation, and professional practices for artists at Parsons School of Design, Marymount Manhattan College, and various continuing education courses in NYC.
Leda Meredith Leda Meredith is an ethnobotanist who specializes in edible and medicinal plants and sustainable food systems. She is the author of several books, including Northeast Foraging and Preserving Everything. She also writes a wild edible plants blog for Mother Earth News and posts her adventures in food and botany online at Leda Meredith: The Forager's Feast.
Robert Moss Robb Moss is a freelance florist and floral instructor at BBG and the New York Botanical Garden and also teaches classes for local gardeners and social clubs.
Krissie Nagy Krissie Nagy has been making and selling her whimsical kokedama at the Brooklyn Flea since April, 2013. She is also the owner of BK Bumpkin, an ecological garden design/build firm based in Brooklyn. When Krissie isn't building a garden or making a moss ball, she is usually cooking meals at home and feeding her pet worms the kitchen scraps.
Adam Negrin Adam Negrin is a PhD candidate at Lehman College and the Graduate Center, CUNY, where he is working on the phytochemistry of Theobroma cacao and caffeine-containing Ilex species.
Maureen O'Brien Maureen O'Brien is the Greenbridge Community Field Manager.
Elizabeth O'Reilly Elizabeth O'Reilly received her MFA from Brooklyn College and her B.Ed from the National University of Ireland. She has received numerous residencies and awards, is the subject of a documentary, Ealaiontóir Thar Sáile (An Artist Abroad), and is represented at George Billis Gallery in New York. She has taught at the New School for Social Research, Pratt Institute, and Brooklyn College and conducts private workshops out of her studio in Brooklyn.
Anna Paltseva Anna Paltseva is a soil scientist at the Urban Soils Institute and Brooklyn College Analytical Center. She working toward a doctorate degree in earth and environmental science with a concentration in geology from CUNY Graduate Center, where her research focuses on urban soil contamination and bioavailability of heavy metals in urban soils. Besides at BBG, the Russian native has taught at Brooklyn College and at the New York Botanical Garden.
Cheryl Paswater Cheryl Paswater is a Brooklyn-based certified fermentationist , educator, and health coach, who after a near-death experience turned to holistic medicine for help. After radical diet and lifestyle changes, she started teaching fermentation, old-world food preservation, healthy eating, sustainable food, and holistic health. She runs a popular fermentation project and CSA called Contraband Ferments.
Irene Pease Irene Pease, aka the Friendly Neighborhood Astronomer, enjoys sharing views through her telescopes to passersby on busy sidewalks and under darker skies in Prospect Park. In addition to astronomizing around Brooklyn, she teaches physics at York College, CUNY, and produces the Hayden Planetarium video blog, Skylight. Irene is a frequent presenter and cohost of Astronomy on Tap NYC and a presenter for Hayden Planetarium's Astronomy Live series.
Dawn Petter Dawn Petter teaches classes about the art of plant-based healing with the aim of making herbs and herbal medicine applicable to people's daily lives. She incorporates her training from Arbor Vitae School of Traditional Herbalism with her natural creative flare. In addition to teaching, Dawn works as a herbalist and flower-essence practitioner, leads herb walks, and runs an online apothecary shop called Petalune Herbals.
Mari Pombo Mari Pombo is the founder of Fragmentario, a creative studio based in Brooklyn, where she uses plants to color fiber and create unique textile goods; she also offers dye services and workshops on natural dyes. A fashion design graduate from Parsons School of Design and former designer at Michael Kors, Mari has been studying natural dyes independently for more than four years and has taught workshops in Italy, Spain, Germany, and New York City.
Loretta Poole Loretta Poole, who holds a BA in art and an MA in art education from Brooklyn College, has taught in many public and private institutions and has been a watercolor instructor at Brooklyn Botanic Garden since 2001. She exhibits her work throughout NYC and is a member of the Brooklyn Watercolor Society (BWS). Her work can be found on the BWS website as well as in private collections in the US, Canada, and Japan.
Deneen Reynolds-Knott
Carla Rodriguez
Nigel Rollings Nigel Rollings is a designer and builder of gardens in the New York area and has taught classes at BBG since 1995. He won the Association of Professional Landscape Designers Silver Award for residential garden design in 2006.
Adele Rossetti Adele Rossetti is the illustrator of Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Discovery Garden interpretation consoles and a fellow of the BBG Florilegium Society. She has an MFA in painting and an MS in history of art, design, and architecture from Pratt Institute. She has taught art extensively and has received numerous honors and awards, including a 2016 Fulbright Scholarship. She is also a lecturer, scientific illustrator, private art tutor, and exhibiting artist.
Anne Walsh Anne Walsh holds degrees in art education and art history and is a member of the Guild for Natural Science Illustrators. She has taught classes at the Custer Institute, Southold L.I., Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz N.Y., as well as in private and public schools. A member of the Brooklyn Watercolor Society, she has been a BBG instructor for 30 years.
Nathaniel Whitmore Nathaniel Whitmore grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania and began harvesting wild medicinal herbs as a teenager. He is well known as an expert forager and has been teaching about wild plant and mushroom identification for over 15 years. He practices shiatsu (acupressure) and herbal medicine at Worker Bee Community Acupuncture in Milford, Pennsylvania, where he is helping to develop a domestically sourced Chinese herbal apothecary. He also practices and teaches in several locations in Brooklyn and Manhattan, including at ArborVitae School of Traditional Herbalism.
Julianne Zaleta Julianne Zaleta is a professional herbalist, aromatherapist, and natural perfumer. As the proprietor of the Brooklyn-based Alchemologie Natural Perfume, she crafts artisanal and bespoke perfumes as well as aromatic and therapeutic remedies and elixirs for a wide variety of ailments. She is a certified aromatherapist as well as a licensed massage therapist and meditation teacher.