People and Gardens

Bellevue Botanical Garden received $118,800 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services's Museums for America grants. The Institute of Museum and Library Services granted 178 museums across the country a total of $19,550,456 in MFA grants. These museums, chosen from 510 applicants, represent 39 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Grants will support high-priority activities that advance the missions and strategic goals of these museums, helping them to serve the public more effectively. Bellevue Botanical Garden received a the grant in the category of Collections Stewartship. For more information on Bellevue Botanical Garden, click here


Green Bay Botanical Garden (GBBG) broke ground on two new gardens: the King Shade Garden and the Jenquine Overlook set to open in 2011. Significant progress has been made this summer on the new gardens including the planting of over 3,000 trees, shrubs and perennials. On Monday, August 16, GBBG began an open-air pavilion that was constructed off-site this summer. It will be erected in the Jenquine Overlook Garden. The pavilion made of hand-hewn barn beans was constructed using hand tools and timber pegs in a mortise and tenon construction, a method used by woodworkers for thousands of years. The pavilion will be topped with cedar shakes, and once complete, plantings of woodland perennials and native species will be installed. For more information about Green Bay Botanical Garden, click here


Marie Selby Botanical Gardens announced the appointment of Jeannie Perales as Director of Education. Perales comes to the Gardens from the John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, where she has served as Assistant Curator of Education for four years. Jeannie earned an MA in Educational Psychology and a Teaching Certificate in Elementary Education from the University of Colorado in Denver. After spending four years working in the Education Department of the Denver Art Museum, Jeannie began her work in crafting visitor experience and interpretation. For more information on Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, click here


Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens opened a major new $2 million children’s garden on July 8, 2010. This two-acre garden is primarily based on classic children’s books by Maine authors including Robert McCloskey (Blueberries for Sal) , E.B. White (Charlotte’s Web), and Barbara Cooney (Miss Rhumphius). The garden has other Maine-based features such as spouting boulder whales, a Wabenacki Indian camp, a "Blueberries for Sal" bear sculpture, and a Story Barn building that has hundreds of plant, garden, and nature fiction and nonfiction books for children to read throughout the garden. For more information on Coastal Maine Botanical Garden, click here.


Cleveland Botanical Garden (the Garden) received funding recently from two environmental agencies to support two of its outreach programs in the City of Cleveland.  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 (EPA) awarded the Garden $44,360 in support of the expansion of its Green Corps program. A second grant from the Lake Erie Protection Fund in the amount of $15,000 will help support the Garden’s Vacant Lot Stabilization Research Project, which it is conducting in cooperation with Ohio State University. For more information on Cleveland Botanical Garden, click here


Eric Stevens has joined The Bloedel Reserve staff as Development Director. He will be responsible for growing the Reserve’s financial resources and managing all fund raising efforts. Eric has an extensive background in development and executive leadership, having served as the Chief Executive Officer of Courage Center, a non-profit organization providing rehabilitation, vocational, recreational and advocacy services to people with physical disabilities, and as the Executive Director of St. David’s Child Development and Family Services, both agencies located in Minnesota. Since moving to the Northwest in 2006, Eric has headed his own consulting company, advising organizations on strategic planning, board development, and fund raising, often working with The Collins Group, one of the Northwest’s premier fundraising consulting firms. For more information on The Bloedel Reserve, click here