Drew Monthie-Horticulturist, Ecologist, Ethnobotanist
|Me at the Hovey Pond Gardens
Plants have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Growing up in Queensbury,
NY, my parents had a vegetable garden and perennial beds that I worked on as a child. My first garden (around age 4, some
40 years ago) was a small corner of our vegetable garden where I grew zinnias, marigolds and scarlet runner beans. My maternal
Grandfather who lived downstate grew lots of different ornamental plants, while my paternal Grandmother who lived next door
to us had a utilitarian garden of raspberries, blueberries and rhubarb. Both of these Grandparents as well as a close
family friend all had a profound influence on my development as a plant junkie. I worked in nurseries during high
school and attended the BOCES horticulture program. I attended SUNY Cobleskill after high school where I earned my A.A.S.
in Plant Science. After working in the nursery business and owning and operating a nursery/landscape business of my own for
many years, I returned to college to earn my B.S. in Ecology and then my M.A. in Ethnobotany. I spend my work time designing
gardens and consulting, as well as teaching freelance (and as an adjunct Professor for SUNY Empire State College) about horticulture,
botany and ecology. My free time is spent reading, working on my own garden and visiting other gardens and nurseries, traveling
and researching plant history, and spending time with family and friends.