Land Trust Annual Meeting To Be Held January 14th with Special Guest Todd Forrest

The New Canaan Land Trust is holding our next Annual Membership Meeting at the Adrian Lamb Room of the New Canaan Library at 6pm on January14th. All Members and the broader public are invited and encouraged to attend. This year our very special guest speaker will be Todd Forrest, the Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections at the New York Botanical Garden.

About the Program: Cultivating Nature at The New York Botanical Garden

The New York Botanical Garden has long been a center for the study and preservation of the native plants and ecosystems. At the heart of the Garden lies the fifty-acre Thain Family Forest, the largest stand of old-growth forest in New York City. Adjacent to the Forest is the newly opened Native Plant Garden, designed by Oehme, van Sweden to celebrate the beauty and diversity of native plants. Todd Forrest, the Garden’s Arthur Ross Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections, will discuss how the Forest and Native Plant Garden combine to provide a unique opportunity for understanding how we can reengage with nature in our own backyards.

About Todd Forest:

Todd Forrest oversees all aspects of the management and development of the Garden’s landmark
250-acre site, its glasshouses, and indoor and outdoor exhibitions, including the 50-acre Thain
Family Forest, 50 gardens and plant collections, exhibitions in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory,
and outdoor art exhibitions. He manages a staff of 80 including managers, curators, gardeners,
and community horticulturists. Todd has taken a leadership role in planning and implementing
projects such as the construction of the Benenson Ornamental Conifers, restoration of the Ross
Conifer Arboretum, the construction and planting of the 11-acre Azalea Garden, and the new
Native Plant Garden. He advises on long-term strategy for future development of the Garden’s
landscape, Conservatory and art exhibitions, seasonal events and displays of all kinds.
An advocate for historic trees, forests, urban landscapes, and public gardens, Forrest has written
many articles and interpretative materials. He joined The New York Botanical Garden in 1997 as
an intern and research assistant in the Science division before joining the Horticulture staff as
Associate Curator of Woody Plants in 1999. Previously, Forrest worked at the Arnold Arboretum
of Harvard University. A graduate of Wesleyan University, he has a Master of Forest Science
degree from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.