STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. - Berkshire Botanical Garden announces the appointment of Matthew Turnbull as Director of Horticulture at the Garden, following an intensive nationwide search. Turnbull will fill the position being vacated in May by retiring Director of Horticulture Dorthe Hviid, who has served in that capacity since 1992.
Turnbull, who joined Berkshire Botanical Garden on April 20, is a graduate of the Professional Gardener Program at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. He was the Natural Heritage Garden Manager at the South Carolina Botanical Garden in Clemson, SC. Turnbull went on to become Assistant Director of Horticulture at Wave Hill, Bronx, NY, and most recently took on the role of Greenhouse and Gardens Manager at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. In his new position at BBG he will manage the continuing growth and transformation of one of the oldest public gardens in New England through implementation of a multi-year Master Site Plan, while working closely with BBG’s other senior management on realizing the Garden’s long-term strategic plans. “I am thrilled to join the team at Berkshire Botanical Garden,” said Turnbull, “The Berkshires are a beautiful region of the country and the Garden is a great intersection of horticulture, education, arts and culture with a bright and exciting future,” he added.
“We all look forward to having Matt join our excellent team of Garden professionals and continue the terrific work accomplished by Dorthe and the Horticulture Department over many years. We have big plans for the future of BBG, and I know Matt will bring invaluable experience and talent to his new role,” said BBG Executive Director Mike Beck.
Established in 1934 and revered as one of the older public display gardens in the United States, Berkshire Botanical Garden encompasses 24 acres of land in the heart of the Berkshires. Visitors to the Garden enjoy more than 3,000 species and varieties of herbaceous and woody plants that thrive in zone 5A. The Garden’s mission to fulfill the community’s need for information, education and inspiration concerning the art and science of gardening and the preservation of our local environment is emulated by a robust education program as well as a full schedule of events planned throughout the year. For additional information visit the Garden’s website, berkshirebotanical.org.