CEO Richard Schulhof will retire in late spring after transforming the Arboretum

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden announced that CEO Richard Schulhof, 65, will retire in late spring after 14 years of leading the acclaimed Southern California horticultural and historic site.

In announcing that he would step down, Schulhof, said, “In a horticultural career that spans a half-century, my years at the Arboretum have been an absolute highlight.”

Under Schulhof’s leadership the Arboretum has received increased community and County support making possible over $30 million in funded improvements.  Projects include the new Visitor Plaza entrance now under construction, and the coming restoration of historic Baldwin Lake.  Improvements for landmark features include restoration of the Reid-Baldwin Adobe and vital repairs to Lucky Baldwin’s Queen Anne Cottage.

Norma Edith García-González, Director of the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, said, “Richard has left an incredible mark and legacy on the Arboretum and the County—transforming the garden into a spectacular magical place.”

Previously in leadership roles at Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum and at Descanso Gardens, Schulhof joined the Arboretum in 2009. Under his leadership, the Arboretum team achieved exceptional milestones.