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.
Gardens and Grounds Manager
Matthew Janda 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.
Kaitlin moved to the metro area in 2009 from northwest Oklahoma to attend the University of Oklahoma. It was in one of her general biology courses that she discovered her love for botany and plant life. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree in plant biology, with an emphasis in ecology. She has experience as an assistant in both the university’s herbarium and greenhouses, and she was the laboratory technician and later manager for the plant ecology lab at the Oklahoma Biological Survey, which specialized in prairie and grasslands ecosystems. Because of her ‘accidental discovery’ in college, Kaitlin is most excited to be a part of the Gardens because of what it is and means to those who, without them, might not have necessarily had the opportunities for such green immersion and discovery.
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.
Children’s Garden Manager
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.
Bradley Fowler has always been fascinated by the beauty and mysteries of nature. Born and residing in Oklahoma his whole life, he was first introduced to gardening at young age. As a child, his family’s vegetable garden fascinated him and led him to garden as a hobby. This fascination with growing and learning about plants is what led him to pursue a career in Horticulture. Bradley is currently attending Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma City for a General Studies Degree, and has plans to pursue an Associates of Applied Science in Horticulture from there as well. Bradley is excited for the opportunity to learn more as he helps maintain such a beautiful part 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 grew up in Norman, Oklahoma and always had a passion for all things related to the rainforest. Her interest in plants grew when she joined the Norman FFA chapter in high school, which gave her the opportunity to take horticulture classes, develop skills in floristry and participate in many competitions related to floriculture and landscaping. Upon graduating high school, she decided to pursue a degree in Horticulture Technology at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City and graduated in December 2017. Olivia is excited to care for the plants and animals inside of the tropical conservatory and hopes to inspire guests of all ages with the beautiful diversity that lies within.