In the 45th episode of the Growing in the Green Industry Podcast, hosts Miles Kuperus III, system architect at Include Software, Neal Glatt, managing partner of GrowTheBench, Luke Melograno, production coordinator at Mariani Landscape and Macey Wollenberg, branch manager at LandCare, talk with Matthew Ross, director of continuing education at Longwood Gardens.
Ross is known for his insatiable appetite for garden exploration. He is a passionate advocate for public gardens with a special affinity for the underappreciated and unheralded gardens of the world. He is responsible for the development and delivery of over 200 programs on-site and online annually.
Prior to his arrival at Longwood Gardens, Ross spent six years in Toledo, Ohio, where he worked as a horticulturist at Toledo Botanical Gardens, instructed nearly 20 courses at Owens State College, and developed a 5-acre urban farm and training center. He is a proud graduate of Michigan State University where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in horticulture science with an emphasis on landscape design and urban forestry.
In this podcast, the hosts get back to their horticultural roots, as Ross talks about the history of public gardens, the importance of connecting people to the natural environment, and the horticultural and educational opportunities Longwood Gardens provides for the public. Ross provides a unique perspective, as a horticulturist, educator, and photographer, and as someone who is passionate about bringing people together through their shared love of plants.
Listen to the full podcast below.