Rebecca McMackin is an ecologically obsessed horticulturalist and garden designer. By day, she is Director of Horticulture at Brooklyn Bridge Park, where she manages 85 acres of diverse parkland for people, plants and wildlife. She has spent the last decade overseeing horticultural construction and stewardship while also building out a Horticulture Department focused on cultivating urban biodiversity. Their research has influenced thousands of people and entire urban parks systems to adopt similar approaches.
Rebecca writes and lectures on landscape management and pollination ecology, as well as teaches at the Brooklyn and New York Botanical Gardens. She has been published by and featured in the New York Times, the Landscape Institute and on NPR. She has served on the boards of the Ecological Landscape Alliance, the Torrey Botanical Society, and Metro Hort. She holds MScs from Columbia University and University of Victoria in landscape design and biology.