Some Success Stories » New York Botanical Garden

Max Barresi (Class of 2021) is a gardener at Cat Rock, an estate in Garrison, NY.

Adam Beneke (Class of 2021) is a gardener at North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville.

Rebecca Cittadini (Class of 2021) was hired upon graduation as a Horticulturist at Winged Foot Golf Club.

Josephine Gasperi (Class of 2021) is a botanical garden aid here at the New York Botanical Garden’s Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

Eric Kreilick (Class of 2021) is a field manager at Walker Creek Gardens in Gloucester, MA.

Heather Lorusso (Class of 2021) is the environmental program manager for The Bronx is Blooming.

Jessica O’Callahan (Class of 2021) is horticulturist at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum.

Elena Peabody (Class of 2021) is a greenhouse grower assistant at Longwood Gardens.

Gabrielle Schatz (Class of 2021) is the design and build manager for the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm’s landscaping branch.

Samantha Bachert (Class of 2020) is a horticulturist at The Battery Conservancy.

Elena Day (Class of 2020) is a full-time gardener at The Trust for Governors Island, and is in charge of several acres of ornamental gardens.

Frank Iorio (Class of 2020) is director of horticulture for DeBartolo Landscaping, Inc., New Rochelle, NY

Lia Raz (Class of 2020) is a Farm Conservation Planner with American Farmland Trust, in partnership with the USDA’s Natural Resource Conservation Service. She works directly with farmers and other landowners and managers in New England to help them implement conservation practices on their farms, access federal funding, and protect their land.

Laura Vitale (Class of 2020) is the horticulture manager at Windy Hill Farm, Great Barrington, MA.

Catherine Wedgbury (Class of 2020) is the Gardener/ Educator for the Perfect Earth Project,, an East Hampton based non-profit founded by Edwina von Gal, that promotes toxic-free lawns and landscapes and emphasizes the use of native plants to provide habitat for wildlife, and is engaging garden professionals nationally to join in at

Dana Chaudhury (Class of 2019) is working at The Trust for Governor’s Island as a full-time gardener.

Eli Colasante (Class of 2019) is a plant health technician at Nature’s Cradle Nursery. He designs …


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