The U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory will close at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6, due to an official government function. The Conservatory will return to normal hours December 7.
Jim Kaufmann manages the daily horticultural tasks for the U.S. Botanic Garden, including overseeing horticultural collections, exhibits, displays, gardens and grounds and the off-site production facility. Jim collaborates on and guides the Garden's plant curatorial duties, conservation efforts and plant-record activities. He also participates in developing and executing the long-range goals.
Jim came to the U.S. Botanic Garden in 2009, after nearly 15 years as a horticulturist with the National Gallery of Art. Under his leadership as Sculpture Garden Manager, the Gallery obtained a "Green Star" award from the Professional Grounds Management Society. Jim also gained professional public garden experience at Villanova and Temple Universities, and is an ISA-certified arborist. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Temple University and was conferred as an "Alumni Fellow" in 2007. He then received a Master of Science degree in Environmental Management from the University of Maryland University College in 2013.