People and Gardens

Professor Sarah Reichard, who is an expert on invasive species and rare plants, has accepted the position of director of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens. She will lead an organization that includes the UW Center for Urban Horticulture, the 74-acre Union Bay Natural Area and shared oversight of Seattle’s 230-acre Washington Park Arboretum. The UW Botanic Gardens is part of the School of Forest Resources in the College of the Environment. Reichard, who has been with the UW and the Center for Urban Horticulture since 1977, studies biological invasions including the traits of invasive plants, prediction of invasive ability, early detection and rapid assessment of new invaders and the effects of plant invaders, on native ecosystems. She also works with rare plant species looking at such things as the effects of human disturbance on rare species and horticultural techniques to reintroduce rare plants to the wild.

Dr. Kevin P. Hoyt is the new director of the University of Tennessee Forest Resources AgResearch and Education Center and Arboretum. Dr. Hoyt began his new position on July 5 upon the retirement of Richard Evans who served as director for 39 years. Dr. Hoyt received his BS in forest management, MS in forestry and a PhD in natural resources, all from the University of Tennessee. He has also been an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries. His most recent experience is with Huber Engineered Woods, LLC, in Spring City, TN.

San Diego Botanic Garden announces the appointment of Heather Main as marketing and public relations manager. Main joined the team on May 2, 2011 and will cover all media, PR, and advertising for the Garden. In her new position, Main will be responsible for establishing and maintaining effective contacts and relationships to promote San Diego Botanic Garden to media, prospective visitors, and members. Main brings years of marketing experience to her new position, including former positions as account executive at Gaga Marketing in Baltimore, MD; account executive at Advanced Marketing Strategies in San Diego, CA; and several years in hospitality and event coordination.

A gift of $127,000 from the estate of World War II Navy veteran Dudley Green has established a new endowment in support of the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum. The endowment, named the Edna and Hugh Green Fund in memory of Mr. Green's parents, is designed to foster continued student involvement in the UCSC Arboretum. The endowment will provide support for work-study students as well as student interns and volunteers working with Arboretum staff on senior theses and other projects. Students will have opportunities to earn course credits through work in the Arboretum that enables them to learn about plant conservation, habitat restoration, and horticultural principles and techniques.

The Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens is pleased to announce the opening of their new 8,500-square-foot educational center. Named after the key benefactors, the Silver Educational Center houses a rapidly expanding herbarium with specimens from four continents, a horticulture library, a reading lounge, and classrooms dedicated to both children and adult learners. The new center replaces a one-room education building, originally used as Dr. Francis A. Bartlett’s personal laboratory, which was not well-suited for a classroom setting and proved to be a juggling act for the staff when offering adult and children’s programs on a daily basis. The increased space has allowed for a full fall course offering including botany and horticulture classes, state certification courses for tree care and maintenance, and much more.