Lena is responsible for leading efforts to enhance the educational, outreach, and fundraising activities at the Gardens, including long-term strategic planning. She also serves as the Director of the Chrysler Herbarium and is a professor in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.
Stacy works under the direction of the Manager of Horticulture, overseeing the volunteer and student-based help, in both the cultivation of plant materials in the greenhouse, and for the planning, execution, and maintenance of the various display gardens on premises.
Debbie is responsible for developing and managing the youth programs, adult education and family events at the Gardens. She designs and maintains the Community Youth Garden. In addition, Debbie works with Rutgers students, overseeing the Youth Programs internship program and providing learning opportunities for practicum students.
Matt is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of all areas of the Gardens. He works closely with the Public Garden Management student interns, teaching them garden maintenance practices and a variety of horticultural techniques, as well as basic garden design as it applies to public gardens and parks.
Plant Breeding Coordinator
Clayton coordinates ornamental breeding projects and oversees evaluation trials. He is also responsible for plant records and accessioning of plant material. As well, Clayton organizes the Public Garden Management internship program and works firsthand with the Plant Breeding interns. He also gives talks and workshops on topics including tree grafting, propagation, and plant breeding.
Manager of Horticulture
Monica is responsible for cultivation and management of plant materials. She plans, organizes, and coordinates all activities of student workers and volunteers engaged in propagating, and cultivating in our greenhouses. Monica leads the horticultural team in designing and maintaining all of the annual displays throughout the gardens, both in ground and containers. She also helps to facilitate plant sale production and management.
MaryAnne oversees nearly 200 volunteers at Rutgers Gardens. She is responsible for supporting the current volunteers, as well as securing new volunteers, who include individuals from surrounding communities, fraternal groups at Rutgers University, and Corporate groups. The volunteers help with garden preservation workdays, the Cook’s Farm Market, and numerous events held in the gardens.
Student Farm Manager
Alex manages the Student Farm at Rutgers Gardens and the Student Farm internship program, which provide unique learning opportunities and hands-on experiences for students. He also manages Cook’s Market, the farmers market at Rutgers Gardens.
Patricia coordinates various aspects of the Rutgers Gardens membership program. She is responsible for maintaining and recruiting new members, as well as corresponding with our membership about special events and member benefits.