Changes in the Valley

After more than 30 years, Quarryhill Botanic Garden has a new executive director.

The name Scot Medbury may be unfamiliar, but you may recognize some of his past accomplishments.  The Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park underwent a major restoration 20 years ago.  Mr. Medbury spearheaded the fundraising effort to create that budget.  Soon after, he accepted an offer to become president of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.  Everything, from the visitor center to the gardens, saw a Medbury improvement.

Now, he is at the helm of Quarryhill and there is a sense of anticipation in the valley.  The announcement alone nine months ago created quite a buzz.  People who had not seen him in 15 years stopped into the nursery to say they were excited about his return.  If you're a curious plant person, a visit to Quarryhill might be worthwhile.  Remember, members of botanic gardens get 10% off plant purchases at Wildwood.