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Director of Horticulture
Category: Manager

Toledo Botanical Garden
Toledo, Ohio

Posted: Thursday, February 20, 2014

Director of Horticulture
Toledo Botanical Garden

REPORTS TO: Executive Director
LOCATION:  Toledo, Ohio

Toledo Botanical Garden (TBG) seeks an experienced, creative, hands-on professional to oversee Horticulture and Grounds.  The Horticulture Director leads a self-starting staff of horticulturists and experienced volunteers that are responsible for planning, planting and maintaining multiple feature gardens, the grounds and living plant collections in a professional, display-quality manner. Also supervises departmental staff responsible for curation and records, and the greenhouse.  The position works closely with interdepartmental colleagues, including Visitor Services, Marketing, Outreach/Education, Finance, and Development. 

The position is responsible for juggling multiple demands, balancing horticulture priorities while supporting garden events.  The Garden is at an exciting juncture in its development and has reinvigorated its focus on upgrading the botanical offering.  The Director of Horticulture will be a key individual in rolling out an evolving strategic plan.

The Horticulture Director oversees all NAPCC, American Hosta Society and American Hemerocallis Society accreditations. TBG has strong partnerships with APGA, USDA ARS, Univ. of Toledo, Owens Community College, Center for Innovative Food Technologies, Toledo MetroParks, Ohio State Extension, Maumee Valley Growers Assoc. and others.  The Horticulture Director is expected to be supportive of these relationships, as well as be instrumental in expanding collaborative activity. 


  • Significant horticulture knowledge and botanical garden expertise.
  • Successful supervisory track record.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and proven organizational ability.
  • Solid experience with creating and managing budgets, with a keen eye toward efficient, effective and creative use of resources.
  • Experience with the world of non-profit, public gardens.
  • Warm and friendly personality, with the ability to gain and maintain the trust of others.
  • A genuine appreciation for the role of volunteers and the ability to find additional opportunities for the utilization of volunteer support.
  • Possession of a Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, landscape architecture, or a related botanical field. 
  • In addition, 5 years of progressively responsible professional experience in these fields.
  • Proficiency with computer programs, including but not limited to Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and basic knowledge of GIS mapping. 
  • Strong communications skills and collaborative spirit are essential.
  • A valid driver’s license.

Toledo Botanical Garden offers a competitive salary and benefits package.  Pay is commensurate with experience.  Equal Opportunity Employer.

To Apply:
Please email cover letter, resume & references to or mail Toledo Botanical Garden, 5403 Elmer Drive, Toledo, OH 43615.

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Established in 1965, Toledo Botanical Garden (TBG) has grown from an original 20 acres to over 60 acres as it approaches its 50th anniversary.  Creating a nationally recognized museum of plants where the community enriches their lives through gardens, the arts, and nature has consistently been the top priority.

As a public/private partnership between the Metroparks of the Toledo Area and the Toledo Botanical Garden Board, Inc. in collaboration with the City of Toledo, TBG boasts numerous unique features.  In 2004, the Garden was awarded the National Association of Plant Collection Consortium’s prestigious accreditation for TBG’s Hosta Collection. As such, TBG is one of only a few gardens nationwide to achieve this recognition and only one of two for a non-woody plant collection.  Additional botanical features include a recognized Day Lily collection, a formal Perennial Garden, Rose Garden, Woodland Garden, Herb Garden, and an award-winning AAS display garden.  Research and demonstration greenhouses were added through a partnership with the USDA and Ohio State University.  A complete renovation of the Garden’s main water feature, Crosby Lake, was completed in 2013 with support from the EPA. 

The Garden showcases the largest installation of public sculpture in the City.  The incorporation of more than a dozen arts, horticulture, and conservation groups as resident or associate organizations at the garden enriches the offering.  TBG presents community-wide celebrations of visual and performing arts, including the long-running Crosby Festival of the Arts.  An increased level of relevance is brought through a community gardening outreach program called Toledo GROWS (Gardens Revitalize Our World).  Targeting under-served areas of the City for neighborhood improvement efforts, the program now operates out of the Robert Anderson Urban Agriculture Center and serves more than 120 gardens throughout the area.

After 49 years of enriching lives through gardens, the arts, and nature, Toledo Botanical Garden continues to evolve and bring new experiences, resources, and beauty to the Toledo area.

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