Miles S. Sax Ph.D.
Miles Schwartz Sax joined the Arboretum in 2019 serving as the institution’s fifth Director since its establishment in 1931. He is responsible for advancing the mission of the Arboretum through strategic planning, landscape management, teaching, research, curation and fundraising. Miles manages the Arboretums operations, facilities, staff and 750-acre landscape which encompasses natural areas, greenhouses, specialty gardens and plant collections.
Born and raised in Western Massachusetts, Miles grew up exploring the forests, coastlines and mountains of New England. Miles found his calling in the field of public horticulture while managing and researching the species apple (Malus) collection at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Inspired by botanic gardens capacity to create immersive environments that foster public engagement and stewardship of our planets flora, he went on to gain further experience in public horticulture working at The Morton Arboretum, Cornell Botanic Gardens and Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden in South Africa.
Miles holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Hampshire, a Master’s degree in Public Garden Leadership and a doctorate in Horticultural Biology from Cornell University. His academic focus and research has revolved around issues of urban and environmental horticulture, tree selection and evaluation, stress physiology and rare plant conservation. In addition to his role as Arboretum Director, Miles will serve as an Adjunct Professor in the Botany Department, a fellow of the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment and a voting member of the Connecticut College’s sustainability initiative known as the Environmental Model Committee.