Charlottesville, VA – The Botanical Garden of the Piedmont (the Garden) welcomes seven new members to its Board of Directors. The new directors are Ruth Barnett, Blake Caravati, Virginia Daugherty, Linda Seaman, Anita Showers, Dorothy Tompkins and Sandy Wilcox. They were elected to three-year terms.

The the Garden Board officers for 2016 are Peter McIntosh, president; Cole Burrell, vice president; Lesley Sewell, treasurer; Karen Lilleleht, secretary; and Helen Flamini, past president. Flamini is also the founder of the the Garden. In addition, Brian Daly, director of Charlottesville’s Parks and Recreation Department, is an ex-officio Board member.

The Botanical Garden of the Piedmont is a 501(c)3 nonprofit entity formed in 2008 to create a public, sustainable landscape garden on 8.5 acres in McIntire Park East in partnership with the City of Charlottesville. Included in the City’s Master Plan for the park, the botanical garden will promote knowledge, enjoyment and conservation of plants and nature through display, education and research. The garden will feature native and site-adapted trees, shrubs and perennials in designed and natural landscapes that are inviting, educational, inspirational, and which reflect the unique character of the Piedmont region. The garden is expected to open sometime in 2018. For more information, visit, email or call 434.960.6844.