Director of Horticulture
Director of Horticulture John Morse shows a deep commitment to education and public gardens. He has experience at some of the country’s finest gardens including New York Botanical Garden, Cornell Botanical Gardens, Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Willowwood Arboretum, and Bamboo Brook Historic Garden. John has a master’s in plant pathology and a bachelor’s in ornamental horticulture and botany, both from Cornell University. He is also an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist.
John’s vision for Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s 82 acres (including the Conservatory, 15 distinct outdoor gardens and 50 intensely cultivated acres) is to create engaging gardens and plant displays that can be enjoyed by all visitors. “It’s important to have gardens that can be appreciated by all our guests, regardless of their background or experience. From first-time visitors and gardener wannabes, to longtime members and horticultural enthusiasts, we’ll continue to offer elements in the Garden’s landscape that appeal to each.”
John has an appreciation for all aspects of horticulture: from hands-on gardening and design techniques to the science of growing and propagating plants. He is devoted to community engagement though horticulture. “Public gardens are commitments to open spaces …which bring beauty and joy to people’s lives.”
While managing a staff of 18, John brings with him these philosophies, coupled with knowledge and passion, and a goal that includes not just beauty, but education, both here at the Garden, and in the community.
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