Director of Horticulture Innisfree Garden

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Innisfree Garden in New York’s scenic Hudson Valley is a unique, mid-twentieth century landscape of carefully designed vignettes within a larger naturalistic glacial setting. Encompassing 185 acres of designed and natural landscapes around the serene Tyrrel Lake, this landmark is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with exceptional significance.

Horticulture at Innisfree is a true partnership between design and ecology. For more than 50 years, sustainable practices have been used to create and maintain resilient gardens that require less capital and maintenance than traditional gardens. Innisfree is working to share this practical knowledge with visitors, staff, and other professionals, and the new Director of Horticulture will be an essential part of this.

Job Description

Innisfree Garden is seeking a dynamic team leader with a
passion for public horticulture and a deep understanding of ecological gardening to become its first Director of Horticulture. He/she/they will lead a small team of gardeners and grounds crew to provide the horticultural care and maintenance for Innisfree, and the Director of Horticulture will be responsible for all related operations. This new position will play a key role in the creation of a Master Plan for the garden. This is a full-time, exempt position reporting to the Executive Director and working with other key staff and the garden’s Horticulture Committee.


  • Lead and manage a team of seasonal part-time employees including training, development, and performance evaluations. Provide hands-on support in the field.
  • Manage gardens and grounds including natural areas, buildings, hardscapes, water bodies and irrigation.
  • Manage arboriculture work and integrated pest management plan.
  • Understand history and design of Innisfree to implement design and restoration plans.
  • Develop a landscape management plan. Maintain records and files of grounds and horticulture-related activities.
  • Work with Innisfree staff to develop horticulture programs, publications, and tours.
  • Contribute to the preparation of the garden’s operating and capital budget.
  • Insure that all equipment is properly maintained and inventories of needed supplies and materials are met.
  • Manage outside contractors.
  • Collaborate with staff to support internal and external events.
  • Maintain relevant certification and accreditation.
  • Keep up-to-date on research-based literature and practices related to landscape.
  • ·Perform other tasks and duties as assigned.


  • B.S. in Horticulture or related science, plus five years relevant experience. Relevant experience may be substituted for educational requirements.
  • Five years’ experience supervising others.
  • Working knowledge of landscape plants with a focus on native plants and ecological communities.
  • Understanding of best horticultural practices, landscape maintenance, public garden operations and function.
  • Experience working with independent contractors.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to work independently and lead team members effectively.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Certified NYS Pesticide Applicator (Category 3A).
  • Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture.

Additional Information

Please send a resume and cover letter to Laura Palmer, executive director,

Contact Information

Innisfree Garden
Contact Name: Laura Palmer