PROFILE - CHRIS COSBY

Highly motivated and committed to fostering a greater appreciation and understanding of the art of horticulture and its impact on history, society, culture, and the environment. Keenly focused on the development of a sophisticated, capable, and well-informed horticultural community. Experienced, passionate horticulturist and seasoned lecturer with a broad knowledge of horticulture, ecology, ethnobotany, and related topics. Strong interpersonal skills, cooperative spirit, highly organized, and very comfortable with deadlines and multi-tasking. 


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

P L A N T S  +  P E O P L E   Memphis, TN  

2016 - present

Co-Founder and Managing Director

  • Provide ecologically informed landscape design solutions for commercial, public, and private-sector clients
  • Offer consulting and strategic landscape planning services for public and private clients
  • Develop and deliver lectures and classes on a wide variety of horticultural/ecological topics for garden clubs and conferences
  • Design and develop horticultural training manuals for landscape maintenance staff
  • Train and instruct landscape maintenance teams in horticultural best practices

     

MEMPHIS BOTANIC GARDEN  Memphis, TN  

2004 - 2016

Senior Manager of Gardens

  • Created and presented lectures, classes, and workshops on a wide variety of horticultural topics for diverse audiences
  • Designed and developed seasonal themed exhibits and associated interpretive signage
  • Worked collaboratively with donors, garden clubs, plant societies, Master Gardeners, students, and volunteer groups on special projects
  • Developed content for press releases, marketing emails, social media, and media interviews
  • Served as instructor for Tennessee Naturalist Program (2012 - present)
  • Conducted guided tours for visiting scholars, researchers, student groups, professional associations, and garden clubs
  • Collected and cultivated unusual or rare taxa for propagation and dissemination
  • Designed and managed installation of new gardens/rehabilitation of existing gardens
  • Directed daily horticulture staff operations

PHYTO REMEDIATION LAB Universty of Florida School of Forest Resources and Conservation  Gainesville, FL      

2002 - 2004

Research Assistant

  • Served as instructor for the National Science Foundation’s Summer Science Training Course
      • Developed and delivered lectures on plant physiology, ecology, and mycorrhizae
      • Designed and lead labs on plant propagation, soil analysis, and testing for fungal symbioses
      • Lead student/teacher teams in collection and analysis of tree growth data
  • Propagated tree stock for phytoremediation research
  • Installed, maintained, and evaluated field research plots

     


EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology  (Summa Cum Laude) University of Memphis ∙ Memphis, TN ∙ 2008

Graduate Assistant ∙ C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa University of Memphis ∙ 2009 - 2010

Associate of Arts  Santa Fe Community College ∙Gainesville, FL  ∙ 2004


SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENTS

Permaculture Design Certificate ∙2017

Garden Club of America Award for Horticultural Excellence ∙ 2011