With spring on the way, the Memorial University Botanical Garden is happy to announce a new beginning of its own: as of Monday, April 1, the garden will officially become a public engagement unit of the university.
The change will allow for greater collaboration and participation between the garden and Memorials academic units.
Our garden is a strong research and teaching resource for Memorial students, faculty and staff, said Liz Klose, director of the garden. The horticulture, nature, research and public education pillars of the garden will continue to grow through our closer relationship with the university.
The transition will also include the future recruitment of an academic lead for the garden, to be tasked with the job of helping the garden develop its academic and scientific research potential and a closer relationship with Memorials academic departments. The garden will also become one of several units that report through the Office of Public Engagement.
The gardens mandate to offer public engagement programming and education opportunities will continue under the new arrangement.
From the perspective of the gardens many visitors, it will be business as usual, Ms. Klose explained. They will continue to enjoy the allure of our themed gardens, nature trails and public programming.
There are no changes planned for existing staff positions, with all garden staff now becoming employees of Memorial. The gardens current board of directors will dissolve under the new arrangement and will evolve into an affinity council, with additional members, who will help advance the gardens mandate, expand partnership networks and develop opportunities to support the gardens strategic plan.
The outgoing board of directors is pleased with the new developments in the gardens role at Memorial were supportive of the changes, and look forward to watching as new opportunities unfold, said Pamela Pippy, current chair of the board.
Ms. Klose also acknowledged the contributions of the Friends of the Garden, a volunteer organization that offers incredible support to the operation of the garden.
Their name says it all we greatly appreciate their dedication and value their continued contributions as we move ahead. We are confidently looking forward to further developing our relationships with all our stakeholders for the greater success and benefit of the garden.