A Changing of the Guard at ABG

The Alaska Botanical Garden is sad to say “farewell” to outgoing executive director Robin Dublin. Robin has been ED at the Garden for three years, and will be stepping down in January to travel and pursue other opportunities.

During her tenure with the Garden, Robin was the guiding force behind the construction of our new greenhouse, a $1million project and the culmination of years of work and planning. It is safe to say that the greenhouse will shape the future of the Garden for years to come. Robin also streamlined operations at ABG, introduced new educational programs for kids and adults, and added community-favorite special events like Beer in the Garden and Wine in the Woods to our calendar.

But we are buoyed by the news that Robin is passing the baton to none the other than our own Michael Monterusso! Mike spent five years at the Garden as garden and facilities manager before accepting a position in April with the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Now, we are thrilled to announce that Mike is returning to take on new challenges as executive director at the Alaska Botanical Garden.

Mike holds a Master of Science degree in horticulture. During his time at ABG, he was also a board member of the Alaska Native Plant Society and a volunteer at Covenant House Alaska. He is currently co-chair of the 2018 APGA Plant Collections Symposium. We are excited to work with Mike to build on ABG’s successes and continue to grow its programs, outreach, facilities, and gardens.

On January 5th, from 4-6pm, we will be gathering in the new ABG greenhouse to toast Robin on her departure and welcome Mike back to Alaska. Please join us as we celebrate the latest milestone for the Garden!

 

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