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Botanical Garden of the Piedmont is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and community that is free of all forms of discrimination. We do not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

Botanical Garden of the Piedmont brings people of all ages and backgrounds together as a community to celebrate and nurture our native flora and fauna. The organization embraces inclusion by inviting everyone to participate in the Garden whether they be visitors, supporters, volunteers, or staff, to further our goal of being a place that promotes human and environmental well-being. In nature and in society, diversity matters—we welcome and celebrate it! For more information, visit https://piedmontgarden.org.

Jill Trischman-Marks

Jill Trischman-Marks

Executive Director

Jill is a landscape architect with almost 30 years of experience in the Central Virginia area. After several years on the Garden’s Board of Directors, Jill retired her private practice and became the Executive Director and chief cheerleader for the Botanical Garden. She is actively working to make the Garden site more welcoming and accessible now and inviting public input into the features and programming of the future Garden to ensure it is the best it can be to serve the entire community.

Jill holds a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia. Projects she has worked on include the five original gardens at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond, the Thomas Jefferson Parkway in Charlottesville, and the Poplar Forest entrance road and trails in Forest Virginia.

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Cathy Boyd

Cathy Boyd

Director of Advancement

Cathy holds a Master of Education in Environment-Based Learning from Mary Baldwin University and a Master of Teaching and a B.A. in Religious Studies from the University of Virginia. She has 25 years of experience and volunteer engagement in churches, schools, and nonprofits. A native of the Charlottesville-Albemarle area, Cathy is thrilled to work on a project that brings all members of the community together in a place of beauty and inspiration, right in the heart of her hometown. She loves the high learning curve that comes with being an advanced-beginner gardener.

 

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Whitney Zhang

Whitney Zhang

Executive Assistant

Whitney grew up in the Midwest tending potted plant gardens in the summer, but exploring the woods behind her house in all seasons. She loves wildlife, their natural habitats, and constant learning, including taking a found skull from the woods to her local zoo to learn its origin at seven years old (a red fox). A nonprofit professional in public libraries since 2015, Whitney worked in the Bay area before moving to Charlottesville, where she promptly fell in love with the local environment, community, and wildlife. Whitney once again lives among the trees and affectionately watches over her neighborhood’s band of “hoofigans” (deer.) Whitney began work at the Botanical Garden in late 2021 and enjoys bringing her experience in education, research, and outreach to the organization.

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Ellie Forney

Ellie Forney

Educational Coordinator

Ellie Forney is a recent college graduate from Roanoke College. She has a degree in biological science and a passion for plants and kids. She is a strong believer in children’s education and hopes to support the garden in being a safe, inclusive place for all children to learn, grow, and create. Ellie’s favorite flowers are peonies. She is excited to help the Charlottesville community’s children become confident in reading and promote curiosity about the outdoors. Ellie can’t wait to share her smiles with you and your families when you visit BGP next.

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