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American Horticultural Society Names J. Robert Brackman Interim Director

 

Alexandria, VA (August 13, 2019) – The American Horticultural Society (AHS) today announced it has named J. Robert (Bob) Brackman interim director of the national nonprofit organization, effective October 1, 2019.

Brackman will work closely with the AHS staff and Board of Directors while the organization conducts a national search to fill its top leadership position. AHS’s current president and CEO Beth Tuttle recently announced she is stepping down this fall.

Brackman has a long and distinguished career in horticulture, including leadership roles at several prominent botanical gardens. Early in his career, he directed the horticulture program at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, then went on to serve as vice president and director of Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art in Nashville, Tennessee. He then became executive director of the San Antonio Botanical Garden in Texas, overseeing its eight-acre, $22 million expansion before retiring in January 2019. Most recently, he has served as interim vice president of horticulture at Holden Forest and Gardens in Cleveland, Ohio.

“Bob’s passion for public horticulture and his outstanding leadership at some of our nation’s top nonprofit public gardens make him the ideal candidate to guide AHS through its leadership transition,” said Dr. Erich Veitenheimer, chair of the AHS Board. “We look forward to welcoming him as interim director of AHS.”

About the American Horticultural Society

The American Horticultural Society, founded in 1922, is an educational, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that recognizes and promotes excellence in American horticulture. One of the most longstanding and prestigious gardening organizations, AHS is dedicated to making America a nation of gardeners, a land of gardens. Its mission is to open the eyes of all Americans to the vital connection between people and plants, to inspire all Americans to become responsible caretakers of the Earth, to celebrate America’s diversity through the art and practice of horticulture, and to lead this effort by sharing the Society’s unique national resources with all Americans.

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AHS President & CEO Beth Tuttle to Step Down October 31

The American Horticultural Society (AHS) today announced the resignation of Beth Tuttle, president & CEO, effective October 31, 2019.

In making the announcement, AHS Board Chair Erich Veitenheimer said, “Beth has decided to return to consulting to serve a range of cultural and other social benefit organizations. We are very appreciative of her work in establishing the strategic groundwork for AHS to chart a strong course in the future as we prepare to celebrate our centennial in 2022.”

Dr. Veitenheimer added that the Board will introduce an interim director for AHS while it conducts a national search for Tuttle’s replacement.

Tuttle joined AHS in October 2017 and immediately began guiding a significant research effort to understand the values and motivations of AHS members and the general population in relation to their gardening interests and activities. This work has provided new insights into the relevance of plants, gardening, and horticulture in American lives today that will help guide AHS going forward.

Under Tuttle’s leadership, AHS also established a dedicated programs and national partnerships department; delivered 4.5% year-over-year revenue growth in its national membership program in FY 2019; and grew its popular Reciprocal Admissions Program to 335 participating gardens by mid-2019.

For nearly a century, AHS has been a trusted information resource for American gardeners, garden enthusiasts, and professional horticulturists; fed their passion for plants and the natural world; and encouraged responsible stewardship of the earth. Its vision is to make America a nation of gardeners and a land of gardens.

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American Horticultural Society Elects New Chair, Officers, Board Member

Alexandria, VA (June 25, 2019) – The American Horticultural Society (AHS) today announced the election of a new chair and vice chair of its national board of directors, as well as one new board member.

Dr. Erich Veitenheimer, a partner with Washington, D.C.-based Cooley LLP and previous vice chair of the AHS board, has been named board chair, effective June 21, 2019. He will serve a three-year term. Amy Bolton, AHS’s prior chair and an education specialist with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, was named immediate past chair. Bolton will continue to serve on the AHS board.

Succeeding Veitenheimer as vice chair is board member Terry Hayes, a former landscape designer and nonprofit accounting professional based in Woodinville, Washington. Both Hayes and Veitenheimer are actively involved in AHS’s Travel Study program, hosting educational trips to gardens and other cultural attractions in overseas destinations.

Cindy Tyler, a landscape architect and principal with Terra Design Studios in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, was elected to a three-year term as a member of the board. Meanwhile, longstanding board member and former immediate past chair Harry Rissetto has rotated off the board.

“We are grateful for Amy’s and Harry’s work and leadership for more than a decade,” said Beth Tuttle, president and CEO of AHS. “Their vision and dedication have been instrumental to AHS’s success. At the same time, we welcome Erich and Terry, who are poised to help us shape the next century of the Society’s vision to make America a nation of gardeners and a land of gardens.”

 

About the American Horticultural Society

The American Horticultural Society, founded in 1922, is an educational, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that recognizes and promotes excellence in American horticulture. One of the most longstanding and prestigious gardening organizations, AHS is dedicated to making America a nation of gardeners, a land of gardens. Its mission is to open the eyes of all Americans to the vital connection between people and plants, to inspire all Americans to become responsible caretakers of the Earth, to celebrate America’s diversity through the art and practice of horticulture, and to lead this effort by sharing the Society’s unique national resources with all Americans.

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AHS Comments on Passage of Every Kid Outdoors Act

As a member of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids, AHS President/CEO Beth Tuttle shared AHS’s position on Congressional passage of the EKO Act as part of the Natural Resources Management Act:

“The American Horticultural Society (AHS) applauds the passage of the Every Kid Outdoors Act, which will help bring the proven benefits of being in nature and the outdoors to millions more children and youth. This act will serve as an important accelerator for the AHS’s work with garden- and nature-based educators to nurture the next generation of plant lovers and earth stewards through regular encounters with the natural world and, ultimately, to create a happier, healthier, and more sustainable future for our citizenry. We are grateful to Congress for the bipartisan approach that led to this act’s passage.”

Read the full news release from the Outdoors Alliance for Kids.