The Kenwood Press
News: 06/15/2019

Scot Medbury named new director of Quarryhill in Glen Ellen

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Scot Medbury will be the new executive director of Quarryhill Botanical Garden beginning in February of next year.
The new executive director for Quarryhill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen will be Scot Medbury, current president of Brooklyn Botanic Garden. This marks a return to the Bay Area for Medbury, who previously served as director of the San Francisco Botanical Garden and Conservatory of Flowers before moving to New York City in 2005. Medbury, who will begin his new position in February 2020, succeeds William McNamara, Quarryhill’s current president and executive director, who is retiring Oct. 1, 2019.

Quarryhill is home to one of the largest collections of scientifically documented, wild-source Asian plants in North America and Europe, many of which represent ancestors of horticultural favorites found throughout the western world.

“For 32 years Quarryhill has thrived under the direction of William McNamara, and we knew Bill could only have been succeeded by someone as renowned in the horticultural world as Scot Medbury,” said Quarryhill Botanical Garden Board Chair Harvey Shein. “We all look forward to what Scot’s leadership will provide to maintain and enhance the collection and reputation of Quarryhill, and know that his vision will enrich one’s experience of the garden as well as expanding its reach towards new visitors and supporters.”

“I am deeply honored to be entrusted by Quarryhill Botanical Garden’s Board with guiding this extraordinary botanical garden into its next phase of maturation and development, as we work to protect and maintain its unique living collections of Asian plants for the coming generations,” said Medbury. “I am particularly encouraged by the dedication of everyone involved at Quarryhill in preserving and enhancing the garden in the face of a changing climate.”

Medbury has been involved in the curation, cultivation, and interpretation of botanical collections for 40 years, having held appointments at gardens in New York, California, Hawaii, Washington state, Great Britain and New Zealand. For the past 14 years, he has served as president and CEO of Brooklyn Botanic Garden, where he led a $124 million capital campaign that has transformed that garden for its second century of service. Prior to moving to New York, Medbury was the director of both the San Francisco Botanical Garden and the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers, where he oversaw a $25 million historic restoration that returned the conservatory to its place as one of San Francisco’s most beloved attractions. He currently serves as Chair of the New York Coalition of Living Museums, on the governing boards of the Center for Plant Conservation, Botanic Gardens Conservation International-U.S., and the International Dendrology Society, and is an advisor to five American public gardens, including Quarryhill, where he is also a past trustee. Medbury holds two degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle: an M.S. from the University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture; and a B.A. from the Jackson School of International Studies.

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