Lauren was born and raised in North Carolina and arrived in the Capital Region via Montreal and New York City. Prior to becoming the Pine Hollow Arboretum’s first executive director, she was a horticulturist for the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation’s Natural Resources Group, where she grew native species of grasses and wildflowers for use in ecological restoration projects. Lauren is also a life-long musician and resides with her husband Brian and their children Isis Evangeline, James, and Eden in Voorheesville.
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Sometime around 2002, as a college student at McGill University, I had an epiphany that I carry with me to this day. As a full-time student who never quite mastered effective time-management skills, I was feeling incredibly stressed and overwhelmed. Luckily, at some point, I realized that when I spent more time outside, everything suddenly became more manageable. I attributed this to the fact that I was an “outdoorsy person” who had had been inside studying more than I was accustomed to. As it turns out, spending time outdoors can be good for everyone.