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2023-2024 Mark Richardson Bio (President)


Mark Richardson is Director of Horticulture for New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill in Boylston, MA. He leads a team of horticulture staff and oversees a living plant collection that spans 16 distinct garden spaces, two conservatories, and over 100 acres of surrounding woodlands and wetlands. He has a passion for ecological horticulture and native plants, and he lectures on various topics including “How to Kill Your Lawn.” He is co-author of the book Native Plants for New England Gardens (Globe Pequot, 2018).

Why ELA?

“I’ve always been impressed by the caliber of educational content ELA offers. ELA doesn’t just focus on big names, but always focuses on innovative, thoughtful, pragmatic approaches to ecological land care and has introduced me to countless professionals I try to emulate in my work.”