People and Gardens

May 2013

Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for the Everglades Names Dottie Carson as interim executive director

Board of Directors Chairman John Marshall and President Nancy Marshall of the Arthur R. Marshall Foundation for the Everglades announced that Dottie Carson has been named interim executive director of the nonprofit organization that champions the restoration and preservation of the historic 'River of Grass' ecosystem.  Ms. Carson succeeds former Executive Director Josette Kaufman, who passed away suddenly last month.
Highly regarded for her strong leadership, team building, consensus building and motivational skills, Ms. Carson most recently spent more than five years as director of development for the Alzheimer’s Association Southeast Florida Chapter. Prior to that, she spent three-and-a-half years as vice president of development for Alzheimer’s Community Care for Palm Beach, Martin, and St. Lucie counties.
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Timothy J. Motley, the J. Robert Stiffler Distinguished Professor of Botany, has died

Timothy J. Motley, the J. Robert Stiffler Distinguished Professor of Botany at Old Dominion University (ODU) and director of science at the Norfolk Botanical Garden, died Thursday, March 28, after suffering a heart attack. He was forty-seven.
Motley, who grew up on a farm in central Illinois, became interested in plants and gardening at an early age. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in botany at Eastern Illinois University. But for his doctoral work, he moved to the University of Hawai'i at Manoa, and his core research became Pacific-based. Prior to joining ODU, Motley was associate curator of the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Program for Molecular Systematics Studies at The New York Botanical Garden. 
"His death is a great loss to botany at ODU," said Lytton J. Musselman, the university's Mary Payne Hogan Professor of Botany and a former department chair who recruited Motley nearly a decade ago. "He will be missed by his botanical colleagues, fellow faculty and especially students….Tim had the gift, unusual among plant scientists, of being able to communicate botany with the general public, an ability he used both at the [Norfolk Botanical] Garden and in teaching undergraduate courses at ODU."


Loan to Desert Botanical Garden from innovative new fund promotes healthier plants and economic sustainability 

A loan made recently to the Desert Botanical Garden by the Arizona Community Foundation’s new Community Impact Loan Fund will solve a critical water- access issue, saving the Garden hundreds of thousands of dollars in irrigation costs over the long-term and promoting the health, vitality, and diversity of the Garden’s plant collection.
The project is expected to save the Garden about seventy-five thousand dollars annually in irrigation water costs. And, the Garden will also save on potable water thanks to a City discount for organizations that implement conservation programs such as this.  More information can be found at


Five grounds professionals earn prestigious designation from Professional Grounds Management Society

The Professional Grounds Management Society has announced that since the beginning of March 2013, five grounds professionals have earned the Certified Grounds Manager (CGM) designation since the beginning of March 2013. The five CGMs include: CGM #142 David Davis, associate director of landscaping services at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina; CGM #143 Norman Stewart, grounds superintendent at Columbia International University in Gilbert, Sout Carolina; CGM #144 Doug Knaup, course horticulturist at The Ohio State University Golf Club in Columbus, Ohio; CGM #145 Kevin Cook, lead groundskeeper at Wake Forest University; and CGM #146 Curtis Horn, grounds manager at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Congratulations to the professionals!
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The Purdue Arboretum awarded Level II Accreditation by ArbNet Accreditation Program

The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum are pleased to announce that The Purdue Arboretum has been awarded a Level II Accreditation. By achieving particular standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens, The Purdue Arboretum is now recognized as an accredited arboretum in The Morton Register of Arboreta.
The Purdue Arboretum aims to collect and display woody landscape plants in a way that enhances the educational, research, and outreach mission of Purdue University, promoting environmental sustainability and increasing the beauty of the Purdue campus. As a landscape arboretum, the Arboretum has a primary mission to collect and display the best woody plant species and cultivars for use in managed landscapes of Indiana and the greater Midwestern U.S. Plants typical of Indiana and surrounding regions receive special emphasis.  However, collections of exotic plants are also developed with an aim to expand teaching, research, and outreach activities and future opportunities.


White House honors Caroline Lewis as a Champion of Change and Community Climate Resilience Leader 

On Thursday, April 11, the White House honored twelve citizens, businesses, and community leaders who are Champions of Change for working to prepare their communities for the consequences of climate change. These individuals are leaders and innovators working tirelessly to build community resilience by preparing for increasingly extreme weather and other costly climate related impacts. The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. 
Caroline Lewis is the founder and executive director of the CLEO Institute at Pinecrest Gardens, a non-profit organization that advances civic engagement on environmental issues, including a focus on climate change. Using creative, interdisciplinary strategies, the CLEO Institute promotes initiatives that engage 
participants on issues such as clean energy, climate change, sea-level rise, the loss of biodiversity, and more. 

Morris Arboretum receives prestigious accreditation 

The Morris Arboretum was recently named a Level IV Accredited Arboreta by The Morton Register of Arboreta, achieving the highest level of recognition available. The Morton Register is a comprehensive list and database of arboreta and other public gardens that have a substantial focus on trees and shrubs. The Morton Register was created to 1) foster the establishment and professionalism of arboreta, 2) identify arboreta capable of participating or collaborating in certain scientific, collections, or conservation activity, and 3) advance the planting and conservation of trees to improve the world. Arboreta are accredited at different levels depending on degrees of development, capacity, and professionalism.
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Oak tree researcher from the Morton Arboretum awarded Fulbright Scholarship 

The Morton Arboretum is pleased to announce that Senior Research Scientist Andrew L. Hipp, PhD, has been named a 2013-2014 Fulbright Scholar. This is the first Fulbright awarded to a researcher at the Arboretum.
The Fulbright funding will support a research stay by Hipp in Antoine Kremer's lab at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research, INRA Bordeaux-Aquitaine, from January through May 2014. While there, Hipp will initiate collaboration with EVOLTREE (, a consortium of twenty-three research groups in thirteen European countries that investigates “the evolution of trees as drivers of terrestrial biodiversity.”


Smithsonian Gardens achieves museum accreditation 

On March 11, 2013, Smithsonian Gardens received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums, a designation that confers a high mark of distinction for a museum. Accreditation signifies excellence to the general public as well as to the greater museum community, the public garden community, and other cultural organizations. Of the nation’s 17,500 museums, only 1,000 are currently accredited; only 3 percent of the latter are public gardens. 
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Teri Jabour joins board of directors of the Friends of Mounts Botanical Garden

With a strong appreciation of Florida’s unique ecosystems, Ms. Jabour has been a longtime advocate on behalf of sustainability issues and natural resource protection.  She worked for several years at The Nature Conservancy’s Blowing Rocks Preserve on Jupiter Island, and later served as program coordinator at Grassy Waters Preserve and the City of West Palm Beach’s newly created Office of Sustainability.
A past president of the Atala Chapter of the North American Butterfly Association, Ms. Jabour remains active in butterfly conservation and butterfly gardening. In addition, as a member of the board of directors for the Florida Earth Foundation, she strongly supports education about Florida’s water resources, land conservation, and sustainable communities.


Mt. Cuba Center announces two new hires

Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin, Delaware, has hired Ryan Cerminara, of Middletown, Delaware, for the position of creative technology coordinator. In this role, Ryan will assist in the design, production, and development of various garden technology projects including Mt. Cuba Center’s distance learning program, Mt. Cuba Center Connect; assistance with general computer support tasks; maintenance of digital content management delivery systems; and graphic design across the entire organization. 
Ryan received his BS from Wilmington University in 2010 with a concentration in studio production and digital film making. While pursuing his degree, Ryan received multiple awards from the University, including Best Documentary, Best Cinematography, an award for his leadership in the college. Since graduating, Ryan has opened and maintained a business that specializes in video production. 
Mt. Cuba has also recently hired Michele Talmadge of Plainsboro, New Jersey, to serve as natural lands steward. In this newly created position, Michele will provide support for the continued preservation of Piedmont biodiversity in various habitats within lands owned by Mt. Cuba Center. Her duties include restoration tasks such as exotic plant suppression and silviculture, and monitoring flora and wildlife. She will also lead visitor programs in the Natural Lands area.
Michele holds a BA in Biology from Boston University and will receive an MS in ecology and evolution from Rutgers University in May 2013. She was previously employed by the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge in Sussex, New Jersey, as a biological science technician, performing field activities and public outreach. She has also worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service in regional offices in Louisiana and Florida. 
For further information, contact Jeffrey A. Downing, executive director, 302-239-4244