Instructors

Meet the Instructors for our Adult Programs and Classes

Michael A. Andruczyk Mike Andruczyk began working at the Norfolk Botanical Garden in July of 1993, first as the Nursery/Greenhouse Supervisor, then Supervising Horticulturist and lastly as the Curator of Plant Collections. Mike became Virginia Cooperative Extension Agent in Horticulture for Chesapeake in January of 2005, where he gardens on 1 acre of property. Mike loves sharing his extensive knowledge of horticulture through classes and public outreach programs throughout Hampton Roads.
Ed Bradley Ed is a Chesapeake Master Gardener who volunteers at the Chesapeake Arboretum. He studied Horticulture in college receiving his Masters in Horticulture from Virginia Tech. His interests include horticultural therapy, coastal plain ecology, tree identification and maintenance.
Alexandra Cantwell Alexandra graduated from Virginia Tech in 2014 with a degree in Horticulture, and began working at NBG as a Horticulturist in 2014. She is on the woody plant team. Alexandra is an outdoor enthusiast, and therefore loves her job, along with her work at a coffee shop and brewery.
Diana M. Davis An award winning artist, Diana grew up on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, a place of tranquil beauty. Drawing and painting were very much a part of her life as a child. At the age of 10, she began taking lessons with Emily Daugherty. At 18, she began painting watercolors. Now after more than 30 years of experience, Diana’s originals can be found in businesses and private collections throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. She loves the freedom and excitement of watercolor and uses the traditional style along with different techniques to express herself. Diana also finds joy as a watercolor teacher, which she has been doing for over 12 years. She hopes to share her passion for painting and help her students develop their knowledge of the wonderful art of watercolor. For more information: www.watercolorbydianadavis.com
Laurie Fox, Ph.D. Horticulture Associate (research & extension responsibilities) at Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Agricultural Research & Extension Center (AREC)PhD in Horticulture from Wageningen University, The Netherlands – Emphasis on phytoremediationBS & MS in Horticulture from North Carolina State University – Emphasis on landscape design, ornamental plant production, & weed science.  North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service County Agent 3 years.  Virginia Tech – Hampton Roads AREC Weed Scientist 1 year.  Virginia Tech – Hampton Roads AREC Horticulture Associate – currently working in the areas of  Water Quality; phytoremediation – cleaning water with aquatic plants, aquatic weed management in ponds, storm water management in the landscape, floating treatment wetlands and Sustainable Landscapes; sustainable landscape practices, BayScaping with native plants, buffer zones, rain gardens.  Author and publisher of the book Best Plants for Hampton Roads A Landscape and Garden Companion.
Randy Gore Randy is a lifelong resident of Norfolk, graduate of ODU and passionate outdoor enthusiast. He is a National Outdoor Leadership School Graduate, and is a certified American Canoe Association Kayak Instructor. Randy, President of Kayak Nature Tours, and his wife, Bonita, organize and lead kayaking trips all over the Southeast. In addition to their top-notch safety record and professional staff, they pride themselves on having more fun than anyone else.

Rich Gray
Paper Artist, Rich Gray, began teaching origami as a student at the University of Massachusetts, where he developed an interest in Japanese art and culture and minored in Asian Studies. He spent five years in Japan during his Navy career, and origami provided an ideal pastime for the long days in cramped quarters at sea. Rich is a member of OrigamiUSA, and shares his passion for the art by helping students progress from just following traditional folding patterns to creatively adapting them in ways that express their own artistic visions.
Lyndsay Gutierrez Lyndsay Gutierrez is a Holistic Health Coach, Chef, and self-proclaimed food nerd. With a Bachelor of Science in Health and Wellness, an AA in Culinary Arts, Holistic Health Coaching certificate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Board Certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, she has done her research! Currently she works as the Educational Programs Director at New Earth Farm in Virginia Beach, teaching and coordinating farm to table cooking classes, fermentation and preservation classes and all things food and farm related. She believes that food truly is medicine and you absolutely are what you eat.
Irene Hinke-Sacilotto  Since 1979, Irene has shared her photographic experiences and love of nature with thousands of individuals through more than 200 photo classes, workshops, lectures, and tours in both the U.S. and abroad.   Program sponsors have included zoos, museums, nature centers, camera clubs, and conservation organizations such as National Wildlife Federation, Watchable Wildlife, and the National Association of Interpretation.  For more than 19 years, she has taught photography classes at Johns Hopkins University and other educational institutions and has written “How To” articles on nature photography for national publications such as Shutterbug’s Outdoor and Nature Photography, Outdoor Photographer, and Birding.  Her images  have appeared in magazines, posters, calendars, and books published by National Wildlife Federation, Natural History Society, National Geographic, Audubon, and Sierra Club.  Her book, “Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, an Ecological Treasure,” is sold in bookstores nationwide.
Jane Montagna Jane Montagna, certified Taoist T’ai Chi instructor, has 8 years experience in Taoist internal arts and methods. She welcomes all who are interested in learning this gentle meditation in motion.
Julie Paddock Julie has held a passion for yoga for nearly two decades. She believes in the joy and transformational qualities of a yoga practice, and was inspired to share its benefits with others. Julie completed her teacher training at Breathe Yoga Center, and also teaches yoga to children as a certified Rainbow Kids and YoKid instructor.
 Carl Simmons Carl Simmons started his career at the Botanical Garden when he was in high school as a volunteer and then as a seasonal employee where he developed an avid interest in horticulture. Carl graduated with a degree in Horticulture from Virginia Tech in 2015 and is currently a gardener on the woody plants team.