Cleveland Metroparks Zoo's Facility Operations Division recently welcomed Rob McCartney as the new Manager of Horticulture.
As head of the Zoo's horticulture staff, McCartney is responsible for the care and maintenance of all the plants, flowers and trees on the Zoo's 183 acres. And he's just in time to help open the Zoo's new exhibit, African Elephant Crossing on May 5.
"(Retiring horticulture manager) Don Krock and his team are well-known for the hallmark gardens created over the years here at the Zoo," McCartney said. "To work in an environment that successfully combines the natural elements of plants and animals is truly an art. Visitors come to see the animals and are pleasantly surprised by the beauty of the landscape and gardens."
A native of Maumee, Ohio, McCartney currently resides in Michigan where he has been running his own independent landscape design and consulting firm with a focus on sustainability. He began his career at the former SeaWorld of Ohio as manager of horticulture and later became director of horticulture at Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in horticulture at Ohio State University.
McCartney has experience with many kinds of garden displays, and knowledge of an extensive array of specimen plants, turf, pathways, ponds, streams, greenhouses, woodlands and wetlands.
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Discounted winter admission through March 31 is just $7 per person, $5 for kids ages 2 to 11 and free for children younger than 2 and Zoo members. Parking is free. Located at 3900 Wildlife Way, the Zoo is easily accessible from Interstates 71, 77, 90 and 480.
To learn more, visit clemetzoo.com or call (216) 661-6500.