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.
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.
Kiersten was born and raised in the state of Kansas. It wasn’t until high school when she discovered her passion for horticulture. She was involved in the local FFA chapter for four years and competed in floriculture, nursery and landscape, and land judging. This led her to Kansas State University where she received Bachelor of Science in horticulture production. During her time at K-State, Kiersten completed an internship at the Texas Discovery Gardens in Dallas, TX. She was the entomology assistant and managed the tropical conservatory. Upon graduating KSU in May, 2017, she studied abroad in Italy! She got to visit a variety of cities including Rome, Florence, Venice, Pisa, Vatican, Perugia, and Orvieto. During the trip, she learned about Italian horticulture and many cultural practices. After Kiersten finished the study abroad program, she took a horticulturist position at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens. She moved to OKC to be closer to family and found her way to the Myriad Gardens!
Paul grew up here in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and has lived here his whole life. His first introduction to plants was with his grandmother in the vegetable garden. From then on, Paul has found a love and passion for all living things. Paul and his wife went through a transformative time in their life by taking care of his Grandmother while she was in her prime, her latter years of life. Now, he sees her in all things and will continue to pass her love on through his career and those around him. First starting out in garden centers, he learned fundamental plant care basics and management skills. Moving on to odd jobs, he found his life was missing something. So he pursued horticulture and went on to his own landscaping career, nurseries, greenhouses and the Oklahoma City Zoo. Paul will pass along a passion and love of horticulture and its fundamentals to the Oklahoma City public and all those around him. Horticulture and plants are so invaluable to all life on Earth, how can we not want to know more?
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.