Scot Medbury, President, Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Happy News Flash!
Scot Medbury is coming to the Dunn Gardens as featured speaker at our July 23 Centennial Celebration Dinner and Endowment fundraiser. Mr. Medbury is a man as international as the plants he has loved, studied, conserved, and advocated for his entire professional life. In addition, his presence in the Dunn Gardens on July 23rd, scorns the understanding that you can’t go home again.
Scot Medbury’s career in horticulture has taken him to one of the preeminent cultural institutions in the country, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where he has served as the president since August 2005. (bbg.org). But Seattle claims him as our own since he holds two degrees from the University of Washington; an MS in Forest Resources from Center for Urban Horticulture; and a BA in International Studies, with an emphasis on Russian language and culture, Phi Beta Kappa, from the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies.
In between the life of the student and that of becoming Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s president, Mr. Medbury traveled the world and worked in botanic gardens and arboreta in many different ecosystems: Hawaii, Great Britain, New Zealand, and California. Now, with thirty-five years in the ‘botanic garden business’ Mr. Medbury is regarded as a Renaissance man in the field; among his major accomplishments are directing the $25 million upgrade to the building and programs that transformed the 125-year old Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco’s Golden Gate into one of that city’s the star attractions, and currently leading the Campaign for the Next Century at Brooklyn Botanic Garden, a multi-year, garden-wide series of projects representing are the most significant garden renewal efforts since BBG’s founding more than 100 years ago.
For this work and other initiatives, Mr. Medbury received the professional citation from the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta in 2004 for his contributions to public gardens in North America.
The garden world is blessed to have such talent working on its behalf and the supporters of Dunn Gardens are looking forward with delight to his star-power presence among us.
The photo of Scot speaking was taken at the Centennial Event.