2020 Speaker Biographies

Todd Forrest, Arthur Ross Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections, The New York Botanical Garden

Todd Forrest 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.


Greg Paige, Director of Horticulture & Curator, Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory Arboretum

Greg Paige discovered his career goal early-creating and working in beautiful public gardens and sharing and teaching this passion with others. Prior to joining the Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory as Director of Horticulture and Arboretum Curator in 2005, his 25-year career in public horticulture involved work at some of the finest gardens in the country-Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont, North Carolina, the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, the Holden Arboretum outside Cleveland, Ohio and the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.