Back row, from left to right: Louisa Ridgway, Liz Ball. Front row, from left to right: Rick Ray, Diana Breen, Marianne Price.

Frederick H. Ray, Horticulturalist

Rick Ray earned his BS in Ornamental Horticulture at N. C. State University and his MS at VA Tech. He taught horticulture for seven years at Temple-Ambler and then 20 years at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA. He also managed the campus nursery and the campus arboretum at the college. Since 1986 Rick has been teaching at the Arboretum School of the Barnes Foundation as well.

A guest lecturer at several colleges, arboreta, garden clubs and plant societies on tree and shrub selection, culture, and propagation, he frequently volunteers as a plant expert at local arboreta plant sales.

In addition to filling his duties as Co-Chair, Rick coordinates the planting and care of all  trees newly planted by the Tree Commission, responds to resident requests on behalf of the Code Enforcement Department and serves as the liaison to the Park and Recreation Board, the Township Board of Commissioners, and Township officials.

Jim Elliot, Chair

Diana Breen, Vice Chair

Diana Breen is a retired mathematics teacher who has been a Penn State Master Gardner for 20 years. Prior to moving to Marple Township eleven years ago, she served for five years as a member of the Lansdowne Tree Advisory Board. She was awarded the Certificate of Merit in Ornamental Plants I and II and the Certificate of Merit in Landscape Design by Longwood Gardens, and she is a certified Tree Tender. Diana is a member of the Associates of the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College. She is responsible for Marple Township’s yearly application for certification as a Tree City USA, coordinates Marple’s Arbor Day celebration, and monitors the trees at Veterans Park.

Louisa Ridgway, Treasurer

Louisa Ridgway earned her BA from Vassar College and her MBA from the Wharton Graduate Business School of the University of Pennsylvania. After a career in banking and higher education, she retired from Swarthmore College where she held the position of Assistant Treasurer. She has had a number of volunteer involvements, and currently serves as President of Springton Lake Village and as a member of the executive committee of the Widows Corporation of the Episcopal Church in Pennsylvania.

She is an arboretum assistant at the Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College and gardens at her church.  On the tree Commission she serves as Treasurer, monitors newly planted trees at Kent Park and Thomas Field, and is in charge of keeping an inventory of trees planted by MTC.

Marianne Price, Ed.D.

Marianne Price has lived in Marple Township since 1972. She spent 34 years working as a classroom teacher and special education administrator. Following her retirement from the public schools in 1998, she taught another 10 years at the Shipley School.

Over the past 14 years, Marianne has pursued her interest in gardening in earnest. She completed the Certificate of Merit in Ornamental Plants at Longwood Gardens, attended numerous gardening workshops including Tree Tenders, and developed an extensive shade garden at her home. Her garden, a Certified Wildlife Habitat, is home to many native plants and numerous species of wild birds. Marianne coordinates the Tree Commission’s volunteer program, monitors the newly planted trees at Marple Gardens Park, serves as the website coordinator, and works with Janis Egan on Re-Leaf Marple.