Beth Zschau joins The Trustees' as Horticulture Educator

Trustees of Reservations Announce New Horticultural Educator for the Northeast Region

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Wayne Mitton
Regional Director, Northeast Region
978.356.4351 x4010

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Kristi Perry
Public Relations Manager

Long Hill, Beverly, MA – Trustees of Reservations’ Regional Director Wayne Mitton announced that Manchester resident and horticulturist, Beth Zschau, has accepted the position of Horticultural Educator for the organization's Northeast Region. In her new role, Beth will be responsible for developing and executing horticultural events, programs, workshops and lectures for all ages and coordinating garden tours and events.

Beth comes to the Trustees from Chapman's Greenhouses in Beverly, where she was employed for seven years and established quite a following of garden enthusiasts. After meeting Long Hill superintendent Dan Bouchard at the greenhouse and learning more about what the Trustees were doing to restore the historic gardens at the former Sedgewick home, Beth decided to apply for the position, offering her year round employment with an organization she “always wanted to work for.” In her new position Beth looks forward to doing what she loves while inspiring people to learn more about gardening and the local resources that are available in their local communities.

Beth grew up in Beverly around the corner from Long Hill and spent a great deal of time there with her family. After graduating from West State College in Colorado with a degree in Economics, Beth moved to Alaska where she studied timber resource management with the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council. After that Beth moved back east and worked for the Von Trapp Greenhouses in Vermont for three years, where her love of horticulture was born, before moving to Chapman's.

“We are so pleased to have Beth join our team here on the North Shore,” says Wayne Mitton, Regional Director of the Trustees’ Northeast Management Region. “Her rich background in horticulture and her experience with inspiring and working with horticulture enthusiasts will be a great asset to our organization.”

More about The Trustees of Reservations in the Northeast
On the North Shore, The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) own and manage some 20 reservations in Essex County including: Agassiz Rock, Appleton Farms and Appleton Grass Rides, Castle Hill, Crane Beach and the Crane Wildlife Refuge, Coolidge Reservation, Crowningshield Island, Greenwood Farm, Halibut Point, Long Hill, Misery Islands, Mount Anne Park, Old Town Hill, Pine and Hemlock Knoll, Ravenswood Park, Stavros Reservation, Stevens-Coolidge Place, Ward Reservation and Weir Hill. Encompassing 5,794 acres, these properties contain some of the most spectacular natural, historic and cultural resources in Massachusetts and offer woodlands and hilltops, coastlines, great estates, historic houses and gardens as well as programs such as outdoor concerts, farm days, summer camps and plant sales throughout the region. To find out more about The Trustees in the Northeast, please call 978.356.4351.

More About The Trustees of Reservations Statewide
The Trustees are 100,000 people like you, from every corner of Massachusetts, who share a deep set of similar values – a love of the land, the outdoors, and the distinctive charms of New England’as well as a shared vision of celebrating and protecting these special places for everyone, forever. Trustees’ volunteers, members, donors, staff, and governing board all “hold in trust,” and care for 100 special places called “reservations.”

Founded in 1891 by Charles Eliot, an open space visionary and prot?g? of the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead, The Trustees of Reservations are the nation's oldest statewide land conservation trust and nonprofit conservation organization. The Trustees own and care for nearly 100 reservations, comprising nearly 25,000 acres – which are all open to the public – located throughout 70 communities in Massachusetts. Trustees properties are tremendously diverse and include mountains and hilltops, open meadows, parks, working farms, stately homes and gardens, beautiful country inns, 70 miles of stunning coastline and beaches, and five National Historic Landmarks.

Some of The Trustees’ signature properties include: World’s End in Hingham, Crane Beach in Ipswich, The Inn at Castle Hill in Ipswich, Ward Reservation in North Andover, Appleton Farms in Ipswich, Long Hill in Beverly, Chesterfield Gorge in Chesterfield, Bartholomew’s Cobble in Sheffield, Monument Mountain in Great Barrington, The Inn at Field Farm in Williamstown, Notchview in Windsor Naumkeag in Stockbridge, Cape Pogue Wildlife Refuge on Martha’s Vineyard, Coskata-Coatue (Great Point) on Nantucket, Tully Lake Campground in Royalston and the gold, LEED-certified Green Doyle Center building in Leominster.

In addition to protecting and caring for its many properties, The Trustee also provide hundreds of year-round programs and events that inspire people of all ages to enjoy the outdoors, appreciate history, nature and culture, and take advantage of the iconic landscapes and landmarks our beautiful state has to offer. Most events are free-of-charge or heavily discounted for members.

A leader in the conservation movement, The Trustees have both served as a model for other land trusts, nationally and internationally, and worked with hundreds of community partners to preserve open land and the character of local communities statewide. In addition to its properties, The Trustees also hold perpetual conservation restrictions on more than 16,000 acres – a total larger than any other conservation organization in Massachusetts – permanently protecting scenic and natural areas from development, and have worked with communities and other conservation partners to assist in the protection of another 16,000 acres around the state.

The Trustees of Reservations are the sixth largest nonprofit in the state of Massachusetts, employing 165 full-time, 46 regular part-time, and 350–400 seasonal staff with expertise in ecology, education, historic resources, land protection, conservation, land management, and planning. To find out how to apply for employment, request a speaker for an event, become an organizational partner, interview Trustees’ experts on important topics and issues, and/or become a member and a “Trustee of the planet” in your community, please visit