The Gardens at Heather Farm has hired Karen Young as their Executive Director effective January 2015. Ms. Young served for over five years as Executive Director of Leach Botanical Garden in Portland, Oregon. During her tenure, she initiated and completed master and strategic plans, managed a major property acquisition, terrace hardscape renovations, and rain garden and herb garden projects.
“I am thrilled to become a part of the Walnut Creek gardening community,” Ms. Young said. “The Gardens at Heather Farm does a wonderful job combining traditions of elegance and beauty in The Gardens with new and innovative ideas, like the natural science in-school education programs and Discovering a Sense of Place lecture series. I am excited to join The Gardens and look forward to supporting the organization’s vision to inspire environmental stewardship.”
Prior to her work at Leach, Ms. Young has held senior management roles with many national nonprofit organizations, including the National Psoriasis Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the American Heart Association. She has worked extensively with Boards of Directors, senior staff and with volunteers.
“Karen is enthusiastic and passionate about public gardens and environmental education,” said Joan Lucchese, incoming Board President of The Gardens at Heather Farm. “She will provide strong executive leadership and assist the Board in building a solid foundation to ensure future generations will be able to enjoy the beauty of The Gardens. We look forward to welcoming her to the community.”
About The Gardens at Heather Farm
A Certified Wildlife Habitat and Certified Green Business, The Gardens at Heather Farm (GHF) provides six acres of educational gardens and programs for youth, adults and persons with disabilities. A qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit, GHF is self supporting through memberships, fundraisers, grants, private donations, facility rentals and program fees. The mission is to inspire and educate our community about sustainable gardening and stewardship practices that preserve and protect our environment.