Mike has been with the Texas A&M Department of Horticultural Sciences as a professor of landscape horticulture and in other capacities since 2012 and 1993, respectively. Mike earned a B.S. in business administration, a B.S. in agriculture (horticulture major) and an M.S. in Landscape Horticulture at The Ohio State University. Then, he received a Ph.D. in horticultural sciences from North Carolina State University. He has an unwavering passion for teaching and an inherent curiosity for the natural world. Mike’s favorite plant is a bald cypress (taxodium distichum). Come check out Mike’s favorite tree and the rest of The Gardens, happy planting!
Joseph joined Texas A&M in July 2016 to oversee the garden’s construction, maintenance and management; and future phases that will inclusively restore, preserve, and develop nearly 27 acres into a variety of themed spaces for teaching, research, extension/outreach, and community involvement and enjoyment. He was the director of horticulture with the 252-acre Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in Orange, TX since 2010. Previously, Joseph managed more than 50 acres of landscape gardens and 300 acres of campus as well as interior public spaces and satellite properties for the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Joseph graduated from Texas A&M in 1988 with B.S. in Horticulture. He has a long affiliation with Texas Nursery & Landscape Association, is a Texas Master Certified Nurserymen and holds a Texas Irrigator License and Texas Department of Agriculture Pesticide Applicator License.
Rebecca has been with Texas A&M AgriLife since 2014, first in the Department of Nutrition and Food Science, and currently in the Office of the Vice Chancellor and Dean as part of the AgriLife Events team. She manages event venues within The Gardens and loves the seasonal changes each garden offers. Rebecca graduated from Texas A&M with her B.S. in animal science and agricultural communications and her M.Ag. in animal science with a focus in marketing. As a Maryland native, she loves Black-Eyed Susans, but her time in the south has made her partial to Magnolia blooms.
Events Coordinator I – AgriLife Center
Abbey joined the Texas A&M AgriLife Events team in February 2019. She helps schedule and manage events within The Gardens, as well as the AgriLife Center. Abbey graduated from Texas A&M University in 2018 with a B.S. in Agricultural Economics and completed her M.S. in Agricultural Education from Texas Tech University in 2020. Sunflowers are her favorite flowers, as they remind her of west Texas and home.
SSC- Grounds Team Leader
Jeremy graduated from Texas A&M in 2008 with a B.S. in Horticulture. As a proud Aggie, he is honored to give back to the University using his gifts and education to spread knowledge of the outdoor world with others. In his spare time, Jeremy can be found researching statistics and data of pretty much anything, and enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters. Jeremy’s favorite plant is a plumeria.