Donald A. Rakow
The history, management, and social impact of public gardens, from the Renaissance to the present; human benefits of time in nature for different age and ethnic groups.
Current Research Interest
Positive impact of time spent in nature in different stages of human maturation (middle childhood, teenagers, college-aged youth) and how these benefits can be assessed; culture and geography’s effect on human perceptions of nature; ways in which public gardens, through their programs and policies, are addressing major environmental, demographic, and cultural challenges of the twenty-first century
American Public Gardens Association Award of Merit
American Public Gardens Association Service Award
Rakow, Donald A. and Gregory T. Eells. Nature Rx: Improving College-Student Mental Health. Ithaca, NY, and London: Cornell University Press, 2019.
Rakow, Donald A. and Sharon A. Lee. Public Garden Management: A Complete Guide to the Planning and Administration of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, 2011.