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New Executive Director

Introducing Jane von Trapp the Arboretum's new Executive Director

July 7, 2014

Board President Paul Travaglino announced today that S. Jane von Trapp will become the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens’ new Executive Director effective August 4, 2014. In his announcement, Paul commented: "Jane brings to the Bartlett a rare combination of horticultural and fundraising expertise. Her extensive background in both areas position her perfectly to help the Bartlett fulfill its mission to educate the community about botanical environments and the importance of protecting them for future generations."

The exhaustive search led the Arboretum’s Board of Directors governance committee to Jane von Trapp who brings more than 20 years of horticultural experience to the Arboretum. After graduating with a degree in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Vermont, von Trapp owned a landscaping and wholesale nursery business in northern Vermont as well as a retail garden center. She is a landscape designer and past president of both the Vermont Association of Professional Horticulturists (currently GreenWorks: Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association) and the New England Nursery Association. Von Trapp is the author of three how-to landscaping books, Landscape Doctor (Chapters Publishing), Landscaping from the Ground Up (Taunton Press) and Landscape Makeover Book (Taunton Press), is the U.S. researcher and writer for DK Publishing’s A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants and has contributed to several magazines and books, including “Martha Stewart Living,” “This Old House Magazine,” and IDG’s Landscaping for Dummies.

Von Trapp has spent the last dozen years working as a fundraiser and communications specialist at independent schools in Connecticut and New York and as development director at Western Connecticut State University. She is a graduate of the Leadership Danbury program and serves on the Board of Directors of the Lake Dunmore Fern Lake Association in Salisbury, Vermont.

Von Trapp makes her home in Redding, Connecticut with her husband, Thomas Goelz.

Jane stated “I am thrilled to be associated with this special place that Dr. Bartlett created. Together, with the Board of Directors, the staff, and the volunteers, I hope to grow the Bartlett Arboretum’s reputation as a favorite community destination and first-class educational and research facility.”