John Bickel, Assistant Horticulturalist, began at the Scott Arboretum in March of 2014 as a Summer intern. He attended James Madison University for an undergraduate degree in Biology with an elective focus in Vascular Plant Systematics. His first job was at Miller’s Greenhouses in Wallingford. He later interned and worked at The Edith J. Carrier Arboretum in Harrisonburg, VA for 3 years and worked for a season at Bill Frederick’s estate garden Ashland Hollow in Hockessin, DE.
Dan Blanton has worked at the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College since 1976; most of those years as a member of the athletic field crew. He has registered technician status in pesticide application and integrated pest management training.
Josh Coceano served as the Scott Intern from 2010 to 2012 and was then promoted to Horticulturist. Josh Coceano hails from Mt. Crawford, Virginia – a small town in the Shenandoah Valley. Josh is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a Bachelors in Horticulture and a Master of Science in Education. Other work experience includes internships with the Hahn Horticulture Gardens in Blacksburg, Virginia and Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring, NY as well as time in the classroom teaching Agriculture Education classes to high school students and being a third grade classroom teacher.
Sandra Lopez Cortez grew up in Guanajuato, Mexico and moved to Kennett Square, Pa at the age of 14. She attended Penn State University for three semesters then continued her education at Longwood Gardens. She graduated from the Professional Gardener Program at Longwood in 2013 and worked at Doe Run Farm LLC in Coatesville for a year growing vegetables and micro greens. Sandra became a member of the Scott Arboretum staff in 2015. She plans on continuing her education to obtain her Bachelors Degree in Horticulture.
Dwight Darkow, Volunteer Coordinator/Gardener, joined the staff in 1998. For a decade prior to that, he owned of a landscape/nursery business in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. Dwight holds a certificate in ornamental plants from Longwood Gardens and an Associates degree in forestry from Penn College of Technology. Other work experiences include Horticulturist for Fair Acres Geriatric Center, nurseryman for a local landscape company, and park improvement projects for New Jersey Forest and Parks. He is a Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Accredited Organic Land Care Professional.
Steve Donnelly, Athletic Fields Crew Supervisor, has worked at the Scott Arboretum since 1992. He is a graduate of the Penn State Extension program for arboriculture.
Jody Downer, Special Projects Coordinator, became an Arboretum Assistant in 1989, chaired the 1991 and 1993 Plant Sales, and from 1992 to 2003 served on Scott Associates Council. Before becoming so involved with the Scott Arboretum, Jody owned and operated Media Hardware Company for seven years and prior to that was Office Manager for 11 years with Bio Clinic Company, a medical manufacturing company. She joined the staff in 2002.
Paul August (Gus) Eriksen, has been a gardener at the Arboretum since 1984. Other work experience includes Alfred I. DuPont, Institute of the Nemours Foundation and Reynold’s DuPont estate in Delaware, Kraft Nurseries in Florida, and the DuPont Co. plant research lab. He holds a B.S., Agriculture in Plant Science from the University of Delaware.
William R. Evans, Jr., Gardener, joined the staff in 1989. Prior to that he worked at Chessick’s Wholesale Greenhouses propagating poinsettias, and Wolff’s Farmer’s Market in plant sales, orchard pruning and harvesting.
Adam Glas, Gardener Supervisor, joined the staff in 2012. Before that, he worked as Nursery Manager at Terrain (at Styer’s) Nursery in Glen Mills. He was accepted into the Longwood Gardens Professional Gardener (PG) Training Program, completing that program in 2006. He currently serves as president for the PG Alumni Association and vice president of the board of managers at Chenoa Manor. He studied Horticulture and Landscape Design at University of Wisconsin River Falls.
Charles Hinkle, Gardener, joined the staff full-time in 1998. Previously, he was a gardener at Friends Hospital in Philadelphia. He holds a B.S. in horticulture from Temple University.
Jeff Jabco, Director of Grounds and Coordinator of Horticulture, has been on staff since 1990. Before coming to Swarthmore, he worked for Penn State University Cooperative Extension as a horticulture agent in southeastern Pennsylvania; he also owned and operated a garden design and vegetable production business. He is a graduate of Penn State University and has a Master’s degree from North Carolina State University in Horticulture/Plant Breeding and Plant Pathology.
Julie Jenney returned as the Educational Programs Coordinator in 2007. She served in the same position at the Scott Arboretum from 1999 to 2003. During her time away, she was the major gifts and special projects coordinator at Descanso Gardens Guild in La Canada Flintridge, CA and Business Developer and Horticulturist at Estate Gardens by ValleyCrest in Los Angeles, CA. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oregon, Eugene, OR and certificates in Landscape Design and Landscape Management, Nursery Management, with a major in Environmental Horticulture from College of San Mateo, CA.
Sue MacQueen has recently joined the staff as the first community outreach coordinator. Prior to coming to the Arboretum she was the executive director of University City Green in West Philadelphia for eight years. She also held the position of land manager at Awbury Arboretum in Germantown and was part of the horticultural staff at Meadowbrook Farms. She has been an ISA Certified Arborist since 2010. She graduated with a B.S. in Horticulture from Temple University, Ambler.
Sheila Magee, Gardener, joined the staff in 2004. Prior to that, Sheila was an active volunteer for the Scott Associates beginning in 2002. A graduate of Swarthmore College, Sheila worked at Styer’s Nurseries, taught for the summer program at Newlin Mill Park, and volunteered in the gardens at the Brandywine Conservancy. She has earned a certificate in Ornamental Plants from Longwood Gardens.
Susan McGinley graduated with a B.S. in Horticulture from Temple University, Ambler, and a B.S. degree from Cabrini College in Radnor, PA. Before joining the horticulture staff at the Scott Arboretum in 2001, Susan worked as a research biologist, and gardened at Chanticleer in Wayne, PA, Smith & Hawken in Rosemont, PA; and with Laurie Humphrey’s landscape design and maintenance firm in Haverford. Susan completed an internship at the Tyler Arboretum in Media, PA.
Dale Nemec, Gardener, has been with the staff since 2004. He comes to the Arboretum with a wealth of experience including Grounds Maintenance Coordinator at Friends Hospital in Philadelphia for more than 20 years and horticulturist at Villanova University for a year. In 1999, he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Temple University.
Susan Quinn, gardener, is a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Longwood Professional Gardener Training Program. After freelancing in the art and sculpture field, she began pursing the field of sustainability including garden work in Costa Rica. She has interned with Chanticleer and Great Dixter in Sussex, England and apprenticed with a floral designer in New York City.
Lars Rasmussen graduated from Temple University, Ambler, with a B.S. in Horticulture and has an extensive background in growing greenhouse cut roses. Before becoming a member of the Scott Arboretum’s horticultural staff in 2001, Lars was employed by Octararo Native Plant Nursery in Kirkwood, PA; and Landstudies Inc. in Litiz, PA, where his focus was stream bank restoration and wetland installation. Lars completed an internship at Mt. Cuba Center for the Study of Piedmont Flora in Greenville, DE, and he has taken Longwood Gardens certificate classes.
Rebecca Robert has been with the Scott Arboretum since 2004 serving as the Member and Visitor Programs Coordinator and the PR and Volunteer Coordinator. She received a M.S. and a B.S. in horticulture at Penn State University. She has worked at a variety of nurseries and garden centers including Avalon Flower and Garden in Avalon, NJ; Snyder’s Greenhouse in Leck Kill, PA; Hershey Nursery in Hershey, PA; and Meadow Creek Farms in Klingerstown, PA.
Claire Sawyers has been the Director of the Scott Arboretum since 1990. Prior to that she worked at Mt. Cuba Center for the Study of Piedmont Flora in Hockessin, Delaware for seven years. She holds Masters degrees in ornamental horticulture from Purdue University and the University of Delaware where she was a Longwood Graduate Fellow. She has gardened in Japan, France and Belgium in addition to the U.S. She served as a commissioner for the accreditation program of the American Association of Museums from 2004 to 2010. Her book, The Authentic Garden: Five Principles for Cultivating a Sense of Place, was published in 2007 by Timber Press.
Mary Tipping joined the Scott Arboretum as Curator and Plant Recorder in 2015. From 2008 to 2015, she served as Arboretum Horticulturist at Delaware Valley University’s Henry Schmieder Arboretum, where her responsibilities included the collections database administration for the 40-acre arboretum. She has earned an M.S. in Crop Sciences from the University of Illinois, and a B.S. in Horticulture from Temple University. Mary is also a PA Certified Horticulturist and ISA Certified Arborist.
Jacqui West, Adminstrative Coordinator, joined the staff in 2004 and has ample experience at Swarthmore College. Her seven years with Alumni and Gift Records and two years with Facilities Services Department has given her a variety of computer, office, information, and management skills. In addition, she is a certified Master Gardener through the Penn State Cooperative Extension. Jacqui is continuing her education at the University of Pennsylvania taking classes at the College of Liberal and Professional Studies.