Greenwich Botanical Center is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to promoting horticulture, conservation, and the arts.
Greenwich Botanical Center is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to promoting horticulture, conservation, and the arts.
Greenwich Botanical Center is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to promoting horticulture, conservation, and the arts.
Greenwich Botanical Center is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to promoting horticulture, conservation, and the arts.

Meet the 
GBC Staff

Founded in 1957, by local citizens, our vision has been to provide horticulture education for the community.

Phoebe Lindsay

Executive Director

Phoebe joined the GBC in 2022. She is a 17-year Greenwich resident with a professional background in natural resources, agriculture and conservation and has been a member and chair of local non-profit volunteer boards.  She has a B.S. from Colorado State University and an M.S. in Agricultural Economics from Pennsylvania State University where her research focused on farm labor economics. In addition to plants, Phoebe enjoys life with her husband, Stewart, and three children and spends her free time riding horses, playing squash and walking in the woods with her dogs.

Angie Hartofilis

Youth Program Director & Forest Days Teacher

Angie believes that if we want children to grow up to be stewards of our earth, they need to have positive experiences with nature as children. She graduated from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry with a BS in Environmental Studies and a concentration in biology. Angie has worked for the DEC in NYC developing environmental education programs for inner city children. She has taught many after-school classes at ISD, as well as volunteering at the Greenwich Audubon as a TN. Angie became an ADK 46er when she was 16 years old and thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail after graduating college. She lives in Greenwich with her husband and three sons.

Alana Kontos

Marketing & Communications Manager

Alana Kontos is a lifelong Greenwich resident and grew up exploring the vast natural landscape that the town has to offer. From local parks and trails to the beach at Tod’s Point, Alana enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two young children. Alana has a BA in International Studies from Trinity College and has spent her career working as a marketing and special events professional with clients in the non-profit, lifestyle, and tech sectors. She is thrilled to join the team at GBC which has been a long-time favorite destination for her family.

Carrie Powers

Forest Days Teacher Administrative Manager

Carrie's fondest memories are playing in the mountains after school and on weekends as a child. She grew up in the Hollywood Hills of California exploring the outdoors every chance she had. Her interest in learning led to years of substitute teaching grades Pre K-12 while raising her two sons. She has a BS in Fine Art from the University of California at Berkeley, and a second BA in Advertising from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. In her free time, she enjoys her first grandchild.

Jackie Pierson

Forest Days Teacher & Art in Nature Teacher

Jackie is a local artist and designer with over twenty years of professional artistic experience. She is also an outdoor enthusiast and finds both creative and personal inspiration in Nature. Jackie is an avid and passionate believer that creative play is essential to fostering growth and fulfillment, both within artistic endeavors and beyond. She is a mother of two very active preschool-aged children. Jackie looks forward to bringing her enthusiasm for creativity and nature to the children in this program.

Jessica Reynolds

Forest Days Teacher

Jessica is a third generation Greenwich resident who has loved the beautiful Montgomery Pinetum since childhood. Growing up at her parents' nursery school in Riverside, she has a lifetime of experience in preschool education. She is a University of Rhode Island graduate and holds a degree in Psychology. An artist, yogi, and avid gardener, Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids at the beach, in the woods, and growing and harvesting vegetables on their property.

David Havens

Forest Days Teacher

David has a career spanning over 45 years of teaching diverse hands-on, project-based curriculums that highlight student achievement and understanding through nature-based experiences. David’s programs are all based upon his original research. He has two BS degrees; one in Biology, another in Geography, and three MS degrees; Biology, Environmental Education, and Interdisciplinary Science Education, all from Southern Connecticut State University. For over 30 years, David has been helping to restore the natural habitat along the Norwalk River. He spends his free time birding, building pollinator gardens, and taking long walks with his wife of 35 years.

Dina Wallace

Forest Days Teacher

This is my second year with GBC. I was born and raised in Greenwich and currently live in Cos Cob with my husband, five children, and two dogs. Throughout my teaching journey I have worked with Pre-K through elementary grade children. I am looking forward to getting to know your child and explore the outdoor space with them. In my free time, I enjoy reading, going to the beach, skiing, paddle boarding, and walking our dogs.

Marcia Cooney

Forest Days Teacher

Marcia is an educator, environmentalist, and documentary filmmaker who grew up playing in the woods and at sea. She has a BA from Bates College in English with a minor in Education and a concentration in Developmental Psychology. She initially became involved with Forest Days as a participant with her child in an Explorers class and was inspired to teach future GBC classes. Marcia enjoys spending time outdoors with her family: hiking, sailing, swimming, skiing, sledding, and puddle jumping.

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Greenwich Botanical Center
130 Bible Street, P.O. Box 1600
Cos Cob, Connecticut 06807
+1 203-869-9242
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Mon - Fri :  9:00AM - 4:00PM
Saturday : Closed
Sunday : Closed