Over the past two decades, The New York Botanical Garden has restored approximately 150 acres of its 250-acre historic landscape, while completely changing its gardening practices to balance beauty with environmental responsibility. Todd Forrest will discuss the ongoing transformation of NYBG, and provide insight into how great gardening practices can help sustain nature.
Todd Forrest is Arthur Ross Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections at The New York Botanical Garden. He oversees the team of managers, horticulturists, and curators who steward the Garden’s plant collections, gardens, and glasshouses and develop its celebrated horticulture exhibitions.
An advocate for historic trees and forests in urban landscapes and public gardens, Forrest contributed essays to “The Magnificent Trees of The New York Botanical Garden, The Trees of North America: Michaux and Redoute’s American Masterpiece,” and “Ancient Trees: Portraits of Time.” He joined The New York Botanical Garden in 1998 as a research assistant in the Institute of Economic Botany before becoming Curator of Woody Plants in 1999. Previously, Forrest worked at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Wesleyan University and a Master of Forest Science from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.