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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.
Suzanna Cameron Suzanna Cameron is the owner/head designer at Stems Brooklyn. She began teaching workshops in Sycamore bar where her flower shop is located 2 years ago. Initially inspired to teach classes by recognizing the unusual pairing of bar/flowershop she began hosting monthly, Boozy Flower Workshops. Since beginning classes she has developed a passion for creating a fun, carefree teaching style which is made to make students feel like your more at a party while teaching flower care/design. Drawn to wild, rustic and unusual flowers, design became an instant passion to her 4 years ago on a random opportunity to work in a flower shop. "I believe flower designing is as much feel as rules. Like any artistic endeavor, flowers are about moving with the wildness of nature instead of trying to make it conform to our ideas of design." A North Carolina native, Suzanna is a young entrepreneur living in Ditmas Park.
Sara Chana Silverstein Sara Chana Silverstein is a master herbalist RH (AHG), classical homeopath, international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), TV personality, lecturer, author, wife, and mother of seven children. She has taught thousands of people-including pediatricians, midwives, obstetricians, and surgeons-how to integrate alternative and conventional medicines into their lives and practices. Sara Chana shows her clients how to use foods as medicine and how to successfully use herbs and homeopathy to keep themselves and their families healthy. Her fun, interactive workshops aim to impart knowledge and passion about plants and an understanding of their simple uses that empower and heal us.
Joseph Charap
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.
Jason Duvernay-Gaspar Jason Duverney-Gaspar is the assistant program coordinator for BBG's Children's Garden. His passion for horticulture and education was nurtured at Longwood Gardens, where he graduated from the Professional Gardener Program. Before pursuing horticulture at BBG, Jason worked as the director of garden programs for the Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum in Brooklyn.
Richard Haugland In the mid-1990s, Richard Haugland made a career change into 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 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 13-year career includes extensive traveling and coaching, in group settings and one-on-one, in Italy, London, the Middle East, and elsewhere.
Meera Jagroop Meera Jagroop is manager of BBG's Discovery Garden and Family Programs. She holds a BS in natural history from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and an MSEd from Bank Street College of Education. Having spent most of her life in cities, Meera is especially interested in nature's presence in urban environments. She is passionate about integrating the arts and sciences and inspiring wonder and curiosity about the natural world for learners of all ages.
Josie Lawlor Josie Lawlor is a horticulturist with a degree in plant ecology and 20 years of diverse gardening experience, from roof gardens in NYC to native restoration plantings in Yucatán, Mexico. She also compiles field guides and plant inventories for land management.
Doris Loechle Doris Loechle teaches classes throughout New York City on botany and gardening, including various certificate courses in horticultural, plant identification, rooftop gardening, native plants, and proper plant usage. She has a background in design and fine metal craft as well as horticulture and has worked at various botanic gardens and estates, including Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden in Cape Town, South Africa.
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.
Alicia Martinson Alicia Martinson, coordinator of the Discovery Garden at BBG, is a practicing artist and educator who has also taught at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Brooklyn Children's Museum. Alicia, who graduated from the Evergreen State College with a degree in education and cultural studies, is passionate about creating exciting and dynamic hands-on learning experiences for students of all ages. As an artist, she enjoys block printing, painting, and creating public murals.
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.
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 as well as 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.
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.
Margarita Poulson Margarita Poulson, BBG's curator of interior displays and Washington Avenue gardens, makes unique jewelry pieces using botanical materials, a passion she discovered and embraced as a Horticulture intern at BBG. She draws inspiration from the cultural traditions, folklore, and natural history of the seeds, bark, stems, and flowers she incorporates into her work. Margarita enjoys sharing and exploring her craft while teaching the Art of Botanical Jewelry Making at BBG and NYBG.
Cuyler Remick
Christopher Roddick Christopher Roddick is an ISA-certified arborist at BBG. He is also the coauthor of the BBG handbook The Tree Care Primer, a BBG All-Region Guide.
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.
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.