Alan Eddy

Alan Eddy has academic degrees in Biology, Horticulture, and Library Science and recently retired from thirty years of work as a librarian and records manager for architecture firms. See link below to download PDF of full curriculum vitae.


Connecticut Accredited Nursery Professional (CANP)
(Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association)

Construction Documents Technologist (CDT), a CSI examination

AMLS in Library Science, University of Michigan
(full tuition scholarship, graduate assistantship)

BS, Horticulture, Michigan State University, magna cum laude
(2nd year chemistry, 1 year physics, 2 years botany)

AS, Biology, Lansing Community College, summa cum laude
(1st year chemistry, 1 year biology, 1 year calculus)

Professional work experience

June 2005 – January 2010
Records Manager (& Technical Librarian)
JCJ Architecture, 120 Huyshope Ave., Suite 400, Hartford, CT 06106

August 1989 – November 2001
Records & Information Manager (& Technical Librarian & Specifications Writer)
Hoffmann Architects, 2321 Whitney Ave. #202, Hamden, CT 06518

July 1981 – June 1983
Library Graduate Student Staff Assistant
Microform Reading Room, Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library, University of Michigan

2010-2012, 2002-2005, 1984-1989
Self-employed: Consulting to architecture firms, gardening, and organic poison ivy control

Other occupations, 1969-present
Dairy farm hand (1969), restaurant worker (1969-1972), skilled nursing facility staff (1977-78 and 1988), landscaper (1984-1988), recreation therapist (2002), garden center sales staff (2003-2004 and 2016-2017), home care caregiver (1985-86, 2004-2005, and 2011)

Spanish and German:  reading & conversation
French:  reading, with dictionary
Russian and Polish:  basic vocabulary recognition

Academic Honors
Alpha Zeta (agricultural honor society) and Phi Kappa Phi

Volunteer work in therapeutic horticulture and therapeutic recreation with the elderly in skilled nursing facilities
This volunteer work involved recruiting fellow volunteers, watering plants, purchasing and organizing supplies, reporting to professional therapeutic recreation specialists, and planning and conducting activities such as repotting plants, propagating plants from cuttings, planting terrariums, planting bulbs, and planting seeds.  Participants also enjoyed talking about gardens they had in the past.
2005-2011 & 2019-present:  Masonicare Health Center in Wallingford, CT
1993-2000:  VA Medical Center in West Haven, CT, Geriatric Extended Care Unit
1977-1978:  Ingham County Extended Care Facility, Okemos, MI
1972-1979:  Provincial House Whitehills, East Lansing, MI

Volunteer awards
1995    Director’s Award, Red Cross SCC Chapter, New Haven, CT
1978    Tri-County Distinguished Volunteer Award, Lansing, MI

Major published articles
“Masonry in retrospect:  mortar-strength experiments conducted in France in 1834.”  APT Bulletin:  The Journal of Preservation Technology.  (This is a peer-reviewed journal.)  Vol. 27, No. 4, 1996.  Published by the Association for Preservation Technology International.  (This was an original translation of an article published in a French journal in 1834 and discovered serendipitously in the New York Public Library.)
“Durability of stone:  information and where to get it.”  Dimensional Stone Magazine.  March 1993.
“Building retrofit planning to reduce air infiltration:  controlling energy costs with retrofit technology.”  AIPE Facilities (American Institute of Plant Engineers).  Vol. 19 No. 3 May/June 1992.
“Do plants die of old age?”  The Bartlett Arboretum Newsletter.  Vol. 9, No. 2, Winter 1986.

Quoted extensively in a published article
“Ditch the itch:  here’s how to handle your own personal poison ivy problem in four easy steps.”  By Joanna Poncavage, illustrations by Milan Trenc.  Organic Gardening.  March 1996.

Northeast Horticultural Therapy Network (NEHTN)
New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)
Connecticut Botanical Society
St. George Village Botanical Garden, St. Croix, U. S. Virgin Islands
Brenton Arboretum, Dallas Center, Iowa
Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA)
Green America (

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Horticultural Therapy, photo Alan Eddy