John Root, Landscaper / Naturalist

25 Greenleaves Dr. #513, Amherst, MA 01002 * * (413) 961-9059


Continuing Education Coursework: “Sustainable Landscape Design” at Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA (2011) and “Urban Forestry” at University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2015)

Graduate Study in Botany, University of Maryland and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1977-1979)

Secondary School Science Teacher Certification, Columbia Union College, Takoma Park, MD (1974)

Bachelor of Arts in Biology, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH (1972)

Professional and Teaching Experience

Principal and owner of Earthwise Landscaping, providing a range of landscaping services to landholders in the Pioneer Valley (2009-Present)

Presenter of nature and gardening programs and leader of edible wild plant walks at libraries, nature centers, garden clubs, farms, and other venues throughout New England (2005-Present)

Presenter of musical and historical programs at libraries, historical societies, schools, senior centers, summer concerts, and other venues throughout New England (1994-Present)

Activities and Civic Involvements

Member, Journey Home choral group providing bedside sings for hospice patients (2014-Present)

Chairman, Recycling and Refuse Management Committee, Amherst, MA, promoting composting and other waste reduction strategies (2009-Present)

Apprentice Nurseryman, Tripple Brook Farm, Southampton, MA, assisting with the cultivation of a diverse selection of native and hardy perennials (2008-Present)



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