Meet the New MBG President
Joan Swanberg became President of the McIntire Botanical Garden on July 1. We asked her to share a few thoughts about herself and her hopes for the Garden.
Q) What do you love most about gardening?
A) As an artist, I am drawn to gardens as they offer experiences with color, texture, fragrance and movement.
Q) Why did you get involved wth the McIntire Botanical Garden?
A) I feel that gardens, both public and private, provide inspiration and joy in the natural world. Charlottesville and its surrounding communities deserve to have a free public garden that ALL can enjoy.
Q) What do you hope to accomplish as President?
A) During my tenure as President I hope to get the organizagtion closer to achieving detailed design drawings and construction documents prior to breaking ground. We are already creating trails, clearing invasive plants and tagging important native trees as first steps.
Q) What should the public know about McIntire Botanical Garden?
A) Creating a public garden is a collaborative process, and we understand that the Charlottesville community is eager to begin using this space. We are working in close partnership with the City and the Parks & Recreation Department, and I hope everyone will support our efforts as we take the time to get it right.
Q) What is your favorite flower?
A) My favorite native shrub at the moment is Calycanthus floridus - commonly called Sweetshrub - which I am having fun hybridizing.
Q) When not attending to the needs of the Garden, what are you doing?
A) When I'm not working on our botanical garden, I can be found in my own gardens weeding or sketching.