Meet the Horticulture Staff
Director of Horticulture, Nate Tschaenn is also a graduate of the Longwood Program in Public Horticulture at the University of Delaware. As a Graduate Fellow he had the opportunity to visit and study at dozens of botanical gardens and arboretums in the United States and abroad. Nate previously worked four years as the lead horticulturist for a 10,000 sq. ft. Costa Rica themed conservatory at Cleveland Botanical Garden. He received his bachelor’s degree in landscape horticulture from Ohio State University where he also worked as a student employee in the biological sciences greenhouse. Nate is excited by the tremendous potential of the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory and looks forward to living and working in Oklahoma City.
Matthew Janda, Gardens and Grounds Manager for the Gardens’ outside ground is originally from Lawton, Oklahoma. A diehard Oklahoma State fan, he found himself in Stillwater, where he received his bachelor’s degree in Landscape Contracting. Since graduation in 2007, Matthew has worked in the landscape industry; designing , installing and managing large commercial properties, including Chesapeake’s main campus, and the Oklahoma City Boathouse District. Matthew’s favorite component of the Garden is the Meinders’ Garden. He loves the tall trees, the shaded meandering paths, and small flowing creek. Matthew is excited to be on staff, and looks forward to placing his mark on Downtown Oklahoma City.
Joshua Berry moved from Indiana to join the Gardens staff. Gardening has been an interest of Joshua’s since childhood when he would help his grandparents with their vegetable garden. He received a bachelor of science degree in public horticulture from Purdue University. Joshua has interned with several public gardens across the nation including: Smithsonian Institute’s museum gardens; Missouri Botanical Garden; the historic Winterthur estate (Delaware); and the formal gardens of Filoli (Woodside, California). Joshua’s experiences in public gardening have given him a great interest in plant record systems and pruning methods. Joshua enjoys being able to always hear running water anywhere on the grounds from the many water features, especially the hottest days.
Anna Cook has lived in Oklahoma her whole life and has always loved visiting the Myriad Gardens. She took all the botany courses she could at the University of Central Oklahoma where she graduated with a Biology degree and has always had a passion for plants and the outdoors. She will be working both inside the conservatory and with the outside gardens. Anna is excited to learn more about all the different varieties of plants here at the gardens and loves being able to come to work and see a waterfall every day. She is looking forward to helping maintain such a beautiful part of Oklahoma City.
David Jameson, is from the Muskogee area. For the better part of his life, David has been fascinated by how plants use water, minerals, and light to create not only much of the food we need to survive, but also textiles, life-saving medicines, and aesthetically pleasing flowers (to name a few). This fascination with plants led him to leave the oil field and embark on a journey to receive a BS in Horticulture Sciences (Minor in Integrated Pest Management) from Oklahoma State University. After 6 months working at OSU as a Section Gardener/Grounds Horticulturist, he was elated to receive an opportunity to be employed at the Myriad Gardens! “I wake up excited to come to work every day to see our plans for events come into fruition at the aid of my hand. I will continue to do my part in keeping these gardens as one of, if not the most, beautiful areas in the entire metro,” said David.
Abby is the new manager of the Children’s Garden. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Abby Curry has always had a love for the outdoors. As a child she would hike through the Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge with her grandparents, their passion and knowledge of native plants and wildlife fostering her own. She took this passion and attended the University of Central Oklahoma, where she studied biology. There she spent three years as a research assistant studying collared lizards (the state reptile of Oklahoma), attended multiple conferences to give talks, and was a contributing author on a recently published paper in the international journal Ethology. Abby is eager to learn all she can about the plants of the Gardens, and looks forward to sharing her enthusiasm for this beautiful green space with the people of Oklahoma City.
Roberta Rowland has been a plant enthusiast since she built a vegetable garden in her fifth grade class at Windsor Hills Elementary School in Oklahoma City. This hobby led her to pursue an Associates of Applied Science in Horticulture from Oklahoma State University with an emphasis on sustainable crop production and over 16 years of horticulture experience. Previously, she worked at the OKC Zoo for more than 12 years where she helped develop a program to grow edible plants for the animals known as the Browse Program and Enrichment Garden. Her passion for teaching, learning, nature and public gardening makes working in the Crystal Bridge of the Myriad Botanical Gardens a true joy and she is thrilled to be a member of this team.
Olivia has been a resident of Norman, Oklahoma her entire life. From her sophomore to senior year in high school, Olivia took horticulture classes, created numerous floral arrangements for State Fair competitions and school events, and participated in the Floriculture Career Development Event competition through FFA. It was during this time that her interest in pursuing a degree and career in horticulture grew. In August 2015, she began working in the Children’s Garden and pursuing a Horticulture Technology degree at Oklahoma State University- Oklahoma City. Olivia loves the mix of gardening, creativity and education that comes with the job of working in the Children’s Garden, and she is excited to inspire children and adults of all ages through her work.