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2008 Alumni Achievement Award

Posted: April 13, 2010

Jeffrey Nagle ’98 Agr Landscape Contracting

Jeffrey Nagle is a supervisory horticulturist for the Smithsonian Institution, the largest museum complex and research organization in the world.

 

Nagle is responsible for setting policies, establishing goals, and planning long-term projects for the Smithsonian’s Horticulture Services Division as well as the day to day supervision of 11 employees.  In this role, Nagle helps to oversee the care of 180 acres of landscaped public gardens surrounding 17 Smithsonian museums throughout Washington, D.C., including the 4.2-acre rooftop Enid A. Haupt Garden, the Katherine Dulin Folger Rose Garden, the Mary Livingston Ripley Garden, and the Butterfly Habitat Garden.

 

With an annual attendance of 17.4 million guests, the public gardens are a crucial piece of the Smithsonian’s visual experience. Nagle has a leading role in the public education, appearance, and safety measures that are vital to the Smithsonian. He manages the application of pesticides, design elements, shrub and perennial borders, and the installation of seasonal plantings. He also oversees the installation, maintenance, and removal of trees; the design, installation, programming, and maintenance of irrigation systems; and educational outreach.

 

Under Nagle’s leadership, the Smithsonian won the 2006 Professional Grounds Management Society Honor award and the 2007 Grand Award for Excellence in Grounds Management. He is credited with helping to organize the Smithsonian’s involvement with the American Public Garden Association 2007 annual conference.

 

After graduating from Penn State, Nagle worked with landscape contracting firms in Pennsylvania and Virginia before joining the Smithsonian in 2000 . He has completed coursework at George Washington University and the USDA Graduate School.

 

Nagle lives in Arlington, Va., with his wife, Alyson ’99, and their twin daughters, Sara and Sage.