It is with mixed feelings of both regret for what I am leaving behind and excitement for new opportunities,
that I write to inform you of my resignation as Director of the Botanic Garden. I was not looking for a new
position, but the New York Botanical Garden offered me an extraordinary position as the Vice President for
Horticulture. I have enjoyed my work at Smith a great deal but this position at NYBG, one of the premier
botanical gardens in the country, is a unique professional opportunity. I assume my new duties at NYBG in
The Botanic Garden of Smith College is a nationally important garden that offers the Smith community an
unusual window into the international research, education, and cultural activities associated with botanical
gardens. As I have expressed in the past, it is critical that the Botanic Garden, in the context of the mission of
the College, continues to move forward with renovation of the Lyman Conservatory and implementation of
the Landscape Master Plan. I know that the College will be working to ensure that these projects move
It is my most sincere hope that we will continue to work together as colleagues. I also hope that you will
call on me for anything that I can do to help further the botanical and horticultural education of Smith College
students and the larger Smith College community.
Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to work with you at Smith College. My only regret is that my
time here was relatively brief. I will always appreciate hearing from you and will be looking forward to
seeing the work of the Botanic Garden of Smith College move forward under new direction.
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There may be no greater joy for the Lyman Conservatory
staff than to watch the first fresh green tips of
bulbs push their way up through the pots of dark brown potting soil. After a long winter of battling the
rooftop ice and the biting winds that seek to intrude on our tropical environment, the Spring Bulb Show
signals the beginning of the end of winter's reign.
The Spring Bulb Show is a long-standing tradition of the Botanic Garden and dates back over 75 years.
Each new show presents the same challenge: create a better show than last year. By many visitors' accounts
last year's show was "the best ever," so we have an even greater challenge this year. The show actually
begins in October when students in the Horticulture