Jim Gorman has been teaching Plant Science classes at BAC since 2006. As a botanist, he shares his passion for trees, shrubs, and perennials. His instruction includes identification, cultural requirements, design uses, and pests and diseases, all presented with an engaging, accessible, approach. Recipient of a Longwood Fellowship, he received an MS from the University of Delaware. A certified Massachusetts arborist, he worked for 12 years at Harvard University's Arnold Arboretum. Additionally, he has worked as a consultant with the Massachusetts Horticultural Society for two decades, and has taught at Cambridge College. As the keynote speaker for the 2012 Perennial Plant Symposium, he presented "History of Horticulture in Boston".
Jim Gorman has worked in Boston's open space/preservation advocacy arena for 30 years, serving as president and/or on the executive committees of the Arnold Arboretum Committee, Franklin Park Coalition, Environmental Federation of New England, Victorian Society in America: New England Chapter, and Boston GreenSpace Alliance, among other organizations. While president at Boston GreenSpace Alliance, he helped secure initial funding to create the Emerald Necklace Conservancy. As an Olmsted aficionado, who "talks the talk, and walks the walk", he has for 29 years conducted highly acclaimed, day-long landscape seminars, throughout Boston's Emerald Necklace. For recreation, he botanizes in New Hampshire's White Mountains, and searches for champion-sized trees throughout New England.