Jody Mills has joined Birchcrest Tree & Landscape as staff horticulturist. In the newly created position, Mills will work with the company’s Plant Health Care technicians on diagnosing and prescribing treatment for diseases and insects, answer technical questions posed by customers and the media, and research and distribute current technical information. She will also be responsible for the company’s marketing program. For the past 10 years, Mills has been a horticulturist for Broccolo Tree & Lawn Care. Before that, she was a researcher in the Department of Plant Pathology at Cornell’s Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva. Mills, who lives in Penfield with her husband Len, earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and worked in graphic arts for 10 years before going back to college at Finger Lakes Community College to earn a degree in ornamental horticulture. Mills, a Certified Arborist and a Certified Nursery & Landscape Professional, is co-chair of the New York State Nursery & Landscape Association’s Region V certification committee. Region V is also known as the Gardenscape Professionals Association. Birchcrest Tree & Landscape, headquartered in Webster, is one of the fastest growing, full service tree, lawn and landscape companies in the area. The company has been servicing residents and businesses in Rochester’s eastern suburbs for more than 25 years.