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York Street Curators, Horticulture Specialists & Horticulturists

Senior Staff

  • Sarada Krishnan, Ph.D., Director of Horticulture and Center for Global Initiatives
  • Panayoti Kelaidis, Senior Curator and Director of Outreach
  • Cindy Newlander, Associate Director of Horticulture
  • Dan Johnson, Curator of Native Plants and Associate Director of Horticulture
  • Nick Snakenberg, Curator of Tropical Collections and Associate Director of Horticulture
  • Mike Bone, Curator of Steppe Collections
  • Mike Kintgen, Curator of Alpine Collections
  • Ebi Kondo, Curator of the Japanese Garden
  • Tamara Kilbane, Curator of Aquatic Collections

Horticulture Staff by Area

  • Sonya Anderson – Birds & Bees Walk, Plant Select Garden, Steppe Garden, Bug Squad
  • Angie Andrade – Shady Lane, The Ellipse, Waring House Garden, Therapeutic Horticulture Program
  • Annie M. R. Barrow – Horticulture Outreach Projects
  • Mario Bertelmann – Woodland Mosaic, York Streetscape, Tissue Culture Lab, Parking Garage Atrium
  • Bridget Blomquist – Annuals Garden and Pavilion, O’Fallon Perennial Walk, Crossroads Garden
  • Mike Bone – York Street and Chatfield Farms greenhouse production and propagation, Steppe Collections, Plant Select Program and Research
  • Blake Burger – Morrison Center Greenhouse, Josephine and York Streetscapes, Interiorscapes
  • Jameson Coopman – Chatfield Farms Trial Garden, Plant Select Program, Tissue Culture Lab and Horticulture Research
  • Nick Daniel – Cottonwood Border, Bristlecone Border, Dryland Mesa, Conservation Garden, Cactus and Succulent Collection and House, Sacred Earth
  • Brien Darby – Urban Food Initiatives, Community Garden Program, Mariposa Urban Farm, Sun Valley Urban Farm
  • Loddie Dolinski – Romantic Gardens, Ellipse Woods, Lainie's Cutting Garden, Scripture Garden, Herb Garden, the Hive Garden Bistro Beds
  • Nicholas Giaquinto – Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory, Tropical Collections, Orangery, Intern Program
  • Michael Guidi – Mordecai Children’s Garden
  • Andrew Habig – Greenhouse Production and Specialty Crop Production
  • Mike Holloway – Oak Grove, Victorian Secret Garden, Nexus Berm, El Pomar
  • Larry Jackel – Bonsai Collection, Bonsai Pavilion, Bonsai Therapeutic Horticulture Program
  • Dan Johnson – Water-Smart Garden, Ponderosa Border, Plains Garden, Gates Montane Garden, UMB Bank Amphitheater’s and Marnie’s Beds
  • Tamara Kilbane – Aquatic Collection and Waterway Displays
  • Mike Kintgen – Rock Alpine Garden, South African Plaza
  • Ebi Kondo – Japanese Garden, Tea Garden, Le Potager and Water Garden Gazebo
  • Lee McCoy – Therapeutic Horticulture Program, Sensory Garden
  • Cindy Newlander – Plant Records, Gardens Navigator, Index Seminum
  • Jennifer Miller – Welcome Garden, Fountain Beds, Ornamental Grasses Garden, York Streetscape
  • Brooke Palmer – Greenhouse Production
  • Holly Parrott – Plant Records, Living Collections Inventory and Mapping, Irrigation Programming
  • Scott Preusser – Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory, Tropical Collections
  • Amy Schneider – June’s PlantAsia, Mount Goliath, Green Roof, Ann Montague Iris and Daylily Garden
  • Nick Snakenberg – Boettcher Memorial Tropical Conservatory, Orchid and Tropical Collections, Marnie’s Pavilion
  • Jen Toews – Plant Records, Accessioning and Nomenclature Verification
  • Kevin Philip Williams – Dwarf Conifer Collection, Josephine Streetscape, Steppe Garden, Lilac Garden, Intern Program

Updated July 25, 2019

Chatfield Farms Horticulturists

Senior Staff

  • Jennifer Trunce, Manager of Horticulture
  • Erik Geyer, Assistant Manager of Horticulture and Arborist

Horticulture Staff by Area

  • Cassie Doolittle – Center Water Feature Woodland Garden, Polly Steele Center, Wayne Christian Building, Hildebrand Ranch
  • Erik Geyer – Arborist, Mary Washburne Orchard, Riparian Demonstration Garden, Native Grass Prairie at Barn
  • Grace Johnson – Heirloom Iris Garden, Water-Smart Garden, Plant Select Garden, Earl J. Sinnamon Visitor Center
  • Catie Marooney – Chapel, Deer Creek Discovery Children’s Play Area, Kim Sterne Survival Garden, Carol Gossard Native Plant Garden (Green Farm Barn)
  • Jennifer Trunce – Lavender Garden, Rock Garden, Janice Ford Memorial Dye Garden, Butterfly House