Brian Jorg Bio
Brian F. Jorg, Manager of Native Plant Program at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, joined the organization in 2004. Prior to joining the Zoo, Brian was a horticulturist at Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum, a national historic landmark, for 15 years.
Brian’s responsibilities include managing the Native Plant Program. This program includes the conservation, education, and promotion of native flora. Finding more efficient manners of propagation and cultivation are a prime goal of this program. These protocols can then be used on rare and endangered plants in conservation efforts. Brian also manages the tulip display, in which over 100,000 bulbs are planted seasonally. Brian also manages the wetland restoration project at a Zoo property in Warren County. At that location, they have successfully reverted an agricultural field back into a thriving wetland.
Brian’s passion is outdoor photography. To date, Brian has had his photographs published in various books, magazines, field guides, calendars, advertisements and greeting cards. Numerous institutions also use Brian’s images in their educational displays. Brian often travels more than 20,000 miles a year on photographic trips, including such destinations as Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Alaska, and the Yucatan. Brian has also led safaris to Kenya, East Africa, the Peruvian Amazon, the Galapagos Islands, South Africa, and Namibia, Botswana, and Victoria Falls. In 2015, Brian will lead a 14 day wildlife expedition to Argentina and Brazil including Buenos Aires and Iguazu Falls.
Brian teaches various educational seminars, workshops, and classes to the general public, as well as professional organizations. Some of these speaking engagements include the Cincinnati Flower Show, Cullowhee Native Plant Conference, The Ohio State University Nursery Short Course, The Perennial Plant Association, Southern Ohio Wildflower Pilgrimage, International Plant Propagators Society and the Grounds Industry Expo. Brian leads native wildflower workshops and tours of the Great Smoky Mountains. Brian appears regularly on both TV and radio as a regional horticulture expert.
Active in professional organizations in the greater Cincinnati community, Brian is the past president of the Cincinnati Rose Society, and is a member of the Garden Writers Association. Brian is also on the board of directors for the Cincinnati Audubon Society.
Whether he is trekking the glaciers of Alaska or the plains of East Africa, he is constantly learning, observing and documenting nature.
Landscape Photography ~ Cincinnati Nature Photographer~
Digital Photographic Prints~ Cincinnati Photography~ Nature Stock Photography
Cincinnati Sports Photographer ~ Ohio Nature Photographer ~ Wildlife Stock Photographer
Cincinnati Wildlife Photographer ~ Freelance Garden Photographer ~ Freelance Travel Photographer