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Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum Selects New Director

The Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum Board announces that Lynne Nemeth has been named Executive Director, effective July 1, 2019.

Nemeth brings more than 25 years of experience to the position, coming to BTA after six years as director of The Arboretum at Flagstaff. Prior to her time there, she served as Director of the Howard County Conservancy in Maryland.

She has an extensive background in non-profit administration and has worked in environmental, health, human services and arts organizations. She holds an M.M. in Music Performance and an M.A. in Environmental Studies with a focus in Endangered Species Policy.

“The BTA Board of Directors is thrilled to announce that Lynne Nemeth will be joining the non-profit organization to lead the garden into the future.” Said LeRoy Brady, Chair of the BTA Board of Directors.

Nemeth’s hiring comes at the cusp of an exciting transition for the 90-year-old arboretum.

“I am thrilled to have a leadership position with this prestigious and historic arboretum,” Nemeth said. “It is a gorgeous place with an outstanding collection and dedicated Board and staff. I look forward to the opening of the Wallace Collection and to working with all our partners as we plan for the 100th Anniversary of this venerable institution.”

Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Arizona’s oldest and largest botanical garden, is managed by the nonprofit Boyce Thompson Southwestern Arboretum 501(c)3. The 392-acre facility, part of the Arizona Experiment Station, has nearly 3 miles of paths and trails through plant exhibits from 11 of the world’s deserts, a native riparian habitat and colorful specialty gardens, including the recently acquired Wallace Desert Gardens.