Rebecca McMackin is the Park Horticulturalist at Brooklyn Bridge Park where she ecologically manages the flora and fauna of 85 acres of parkland habitat consisting of native woodlands, freshwater wetlands, salt marshes, ornamental gardens, and, of course, expansive organic lawns. Prior to Brooklyn Bridge Park, she worked with the Parks Department, as Head Gardener of Washington Square Park, as well as managing a small design company, Mantis Plant Works, out of Brooklyn. She is an avid environmental educator, teaching and lecturing regularly on trees, pollinators, and soil science at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Stone Barns Center, and Columbia University. She has spoken at New England Grows, Green Thumb’s Grow Together, and for many visiting botanical gardens and societies. Her writings have been published by The New York Times and Canadian newspapers. Rebecca studied horticulture at the BBG and the NYBG and holds a M.Sc. in Biology from the Univ. of Victoria as well as a M.Sc. in Landscape Design from Columbia University.