Nelson Sterner has served as director of Bayard Cutting Arboretum since 2011. He is responsible for maintaining all phases of operations of the 691-acre state park with the primary goal of creating a world-class public garden. His previous experiences include director of administration and public affairs for The Olana Partnership and project manager for Renaissance Property Associates. Mr. Sterner was director of horticulture at Old Westbury Gardens for 12 years.
Since its creation in 1886, and designation as a state park in 1953, Bayard Cutting Arboretum needed to evolve to maintain the grounds as the Cuttings had envisioned, yet accommodate a growing number of visitors. During its history, the Arboretum has been impacted by major hurricanes, global warming, and insect invasion. Yet, today the Arboretum holds some of the most extensive collections of conifers and hollies, along with some of the largest species of trees in the Northeast. Mr. Sterner will speak about the challenges and changes that have been made to maintain the Arboretum as an “Oasis of quiet and beauty.”
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