A Farewell and New Directions

Greetings from the (home office) of the Allen Centennial Garden. As we’ve moved through the last several months, we’ve certainly been learning a lot about ourselves and our place in the world. We’ve seen more people spending time outdoors, embracing nature, and reconnecting and growing closer with family and friends. It is in this spirit I’m writing to share some important news.

After much consideration, my partner and I have decided to return home to South Bend, Indiana in order to be closer to family. My final day at UW-Madison and as Director of the Allen Centennial Garden will be August 21. We’re excited for this new adventure though of course this is a bittersweet, too.

Throughout the past five years it’s been my sincere pleasure to nurture and develop the Garden along with you. Leadership within the Department of Horticulture is working to find a candidate to serve as interim director and carry on the good work that has been building over the past several years. Once a person is in place, you will receive more information and be able to help welcome them into the Garden family.

From the day I arrived at UW-Madison in May 2015, I’ve been impressed and humbled by the amazing community that has made the Garden possible for more than three decades. I’m proud of the work we’ve accomplished together and look forward to following the next evolution of the Garden under new leadership. The Garden is now an indispensable anchor of our campus community and it will continue to play this important role so long as it has friends like you who recognize, appreciate, advocate for, and support its work.

Covid-19 makes this goodbye all the more difficult as getting together in person can be tricky. That said, what better place to say farewell than outdoors with a little distance and in a beautiful space. I will be in the Garden Monday–Thursday next week during the Garden’s scheduled open times. If you’re able to visit, it would be my pleasure and privilege to say goodbye in the Garden and in-person.

As always, onward, and happy gardening.

With gratitude for your support and friendship,