Columbus Botanical Gardens names new executive director

The Columbus Botanical Gardens announced today that Norman Winter will be taking over as the Gardens' executive director, effective Monday, June 4. He is replacing Martha Miller Lopez, who left the position in November.

"He's had a great deal of experience with botanical gardens and butterfly gardens," said Pat Barfield, vice president of the Gardens' board, adding that he also has a background in fundraising. "He seemed like perfect fit."

In addition to Winter's leadership positions in various fields of horticulture, the Texas-native is the author of four gardening guides, writes a syndicated gardening column and has been featured on TV and national radio, according to the press release from the Gardens.

Speaking on the phone while en route to Columbus Friday morning, Winter said he is looking forward to working with the soil in Columbus and all the different plants that thrive here.

In terms of his vision for the gardens, Winter said there is "wondrous opportunity" along the woodland trail for additional gardens.

"Columbus Botanical Gardens is fairly young and has great potential for growth," he said. "I just look forward to being a part of that."