Kevin Wiecks was appointed Director of Bayard Cutting Arboretum in October 2021. For four years prior, he was the arboretum’s Landscape Curator. He was responsible for plant selection and acquisition, as well as design and maintenance of plant collections throughout the arboretum. Kevin has an extensive history in public horticulture, working in many different types of gardens. He was the Horticulturist at The Cloisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Managing Horticulturist at Long House Reserve in East Hampton; and the Senior Gardener at Randall’s Island, NYC. Kevin holds a B.S. in Horticulture from Cornell University and is an ISA Certified Arborist.



  • 8:30A | Welcome

    Opening remarks will be made by Doreen M. Monteleone Ph.D., Arboretum Liaison, Bayard Cutting Arboretum Horticultural Society and Kevin Wiecks, Director, Bayard Cutting Arboretum.

  • 3:00P | Curation and Interpretation of the Olmsted Landscape

    Kevin will discuss the important elements of Bayard Cutting Arboretum, which can be attributed to Frederick Law Olmsted. This will be presented within the context of the development of the arboretum’s landscape. In addition, he will address the difficulties of curating and interpreting a historic landscape within a rapidly changing environment.

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