Garden Veteran Tapped for Important Role
BELMONT, N.C. — Todd Beasely, who has worked in various roles in the field of public horticulture, has been selected as the director of horticulture and facilities for Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.
Most recently the South Carolina native served as interim director of programs and vice president for San Antonio Botanical Garden, but he also spent five years at Columbia’s Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, where he was nursery and greenhouse production manager. Beasley holds a doctorate of education from the University of South Carolina as well as a master’s degree in earth and environmental resource management. His resume also includes a long list of accomplishments including teaching at Midlands Technical College and Heathwood Hall Episcopal School. Beasley is largely credited with attracting the 2016 National Children & Youth Garden Symposium of the American Horticultural Society to Columbia.
“I am thrilled to be returning to the region, as my love for plants is founded in southern gardening traditions,” said Beasley. “To blend plants, education, and events together with a progressive team approach that is evident at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is pushing the boundaries of how gardens are serving their communities, and I’m excited to get to be a part of it.”
Beasley will be responsible for the Garden’s formal displays, including more than 12 acres of perennial gardens, seasonal displays, The Orchid Conservatory, and natural areas, including more than three miles of walking trails the Garden maintains in conjunction with the Carolina Thread Trail. Beasley will also be responsible for the Garden’s physical plant that includes more than 300 acres.
“I am delighted that Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden was able to attract a candidate with Todd’s knowledge and experience,” said Executive Director Patrick Larkin. “He’s been incredibly successful in his diverse roles in public horticulture and I believe he will be critical to the success of DSBG as it continues to develop.”