About Us

WCBG Staff

Tony Antonucci, Senior Greenhouse Horticulturist
he/him/his

In my many years at Wellesley I have been involved in all aspects of caring for our diverse collection. The day I started, our old facility was beginning a major renovation. Now many years later I have the opportunity to be part of the newly designed Global Flora. I was part of our original IPM program many years ago. Since then, we have grown in our understanding of the complete growing systems. In my personal life I love spending time with my family, step-grandkids and our two dogs. 

 

Ane Beckley

Anne Beckley, Gardens Horticulturist
she/her/hers

I joined the staff as Gardens Horticulturist in 2020, where I oversee the daily care of the outdoor gardens, working with students, colleagues and mother nature to highlight and sustain the garden’s beauty. I come to Wellesley with diverse experience, working throughout the country in the fields of plant community ecology, conservation, public parks operations, and ecological horticulture. In addition to tending and developing the gardens, one of my main goals at Wellesley is to inspire the next generation of nature-loving naturalists, scientists, meditators, artists and wanderers, in no particular order. I hold an M.S. degree in Environmental Studies from the College of Charleston and a B.A. in Religious Studies from Macalester College.

 

Kristina Niovi Jones, Director
she/her/hers

As a native Californian who didn't know much about the east coast, getting to know the trees and wildflowers of the Wellesley campus helped me feel at home here. That was in 1994 when I was a new faculty member in Biology... Now I love working on making the Botanic Gardens ever more welcoming and interesting to students from all over as they find their place here. I'm a pollination biologist by training, interested in helping human-dominated habitats like campus serve as suitable habitat for bees and many other species. Growing food sustainably is another big interest.  Pups Rosie and Athena are good at getting me outside when I've been at the computer for too long, and outside is my favorite place to be, even in winter!

 

 

Gail Kahn, Assistant Director
she/her/hers

I started as a docent at the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens in 2002 and immediately fell in love with this beautiful place and the friendly people who staff it. My position includes training and managing our volunteers, producing Friends brochures and newsletters, creating interpretive materials for the Botanic Gardens, supporting our outreach efforts, and working with our student staff. Alongside Eileen Sprague and Sarah Roche, I develop the Friends' horticultural and botanical art programming. I always like learning about new plants and finding new stories to tell about our collections. I am owned by a deaf dog who communicates very effectively, and enjoy hanging out with my two granddogs and two grandkids.

 

Julianna Razryadov

Julianna Razryadov, Botanical Collections Manager
she/her/hers

I manage the plant collections at the Botanic Gardens. This means I help curate the collections to display the greatest diversity of plant form we can accommodate under glass, display the rich systems of the northeast in the outdoor gardens, and facilitate all sorts of student work. It also means that I help manage the systems that keep our plants alive - making sure they have the correct balance of sun, water, and nutrients to keep our gardens spectacular.  In addition I am committed to making our garden spaces open and welcoming to everyone who seeks their solace and their lessons. I come to Wellesley College with a diverse horticultural background, including farm work, nursery, community garden, and conservatory management, as well as a doctoral degree in the field. My greatest asset is my passion for plants and education.  I continue learning something new every day at the Wellesley gardens and I aim to share that curiosity and growth with students, staff, and the community.

 

 

Eileen Sprague, Administrative Assistant, WCBG Friends
she/her/hers

I started as the Administrative Assistant for the Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens in 2007, the year my oldest daughter went off to college. I help manage the Friends’ botanical art program & work very closely with Gail Kahn, Assistant Director of Botanic Gardens & Sarah Roche, our Education Director for the Certificate of Botanical Art program offered by the Friends. We offer botanical art courses to local, adult artists. My job consists of coordinating the planning of courses, hiring instructors, promoting classes to the botanical artists, registering students, & collecting & depositing class fees. I love my job and the many wonderful people I work with every day – the WCBG staff, the botanical art instructors & all the artists who take classes with us. I am happy to help coordinate this program, which brings valuable funds to the Friends’ mission while fulfilling the artistic “fix” for our botanical artists.

 

Jenn Yang with woad plant

Jenn Yang, Botany Fellow
she/her (still figuring it out)

Hi! I’m Jenn, postdoc fellow with the Botanic Gardens, and the Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative. I am an alumna, class of 2012, and have enjoyed seeing the Botanic Gardens change and grow in so many ways-- the Edible Ecosystem is my favorite place, with its many flavorful berries and different soothing mints. My interest in food and climate change led to years spent looking at plant roots (it has become a habit, as evidence shows - photo is a huge woad plant that surprised us at the Regen student farm) to get my PhD at Penn State, and now am mostly learning to do new things. My roles at Wellesley include co-instructing BISC108: Environmental Horticulture, developing environmental sensor networks and databases for student research in our gardens and landscapes, and supporting student connection and learning with the plant communities in and around the new Science Center, or “Science Hill”. I enjoy creative cooking with plants, and posting photos in iNaturalist, which is a fun nature ID citizen science app I highly recommend.  My non-plant hobbies include playing tennis, being unsatisfied with my music playlists, and asking my sister what she’s doing.

 

Questions? Please email Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens at

wcbgfriends@wellesley.edu or call 781-283-3094.

Friends staff are happy to refer you to the best person for answering your questions.