Sara Helm-Wallace has volunteered for the Association in many ways and is now on staff as the Development and Membership Assistant, helping to further advance public gardens by supporting members and donors. Sara has a Master of Science in Public Horticulture from the University of Delaware and Longwood Graduate Program. Her thesis involved creation of the first list of U.S. and Canadian plants that cannot be seed-banked, which are known as exceptional plant taxa. Sara has held various positions in botany and horticulture in public gardens since 2006, interning at Mt. Cuba Center, the Academy of Natural Sciences, and Morris Arboretum. She worked in research at Longwood Gardens, was Living Collections Manager and Director of Public Gardens at The Trustees of Reservations, a horticulture instructor at Smith College, and Association Manager at the New England Botanical Society.