The Board of the Delaware Botanic Gardens and Carla Markell announced the appointment of four new members — Shawn M. Garvin, Barbara Katz, Sally Boswell and Diane Maddex — to the DBG Advisory Council.

Garvin, secretary of the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, has 25 years of experience in environmental matters and public health, recently as Environmental Protection Agency regional administrator prior to his DNREC appointment. He joins his two DNREC predecessors on the Advisory Council: David Small, now a senior consultant with Duffield Associates; and Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation.

Katz, a landscape designer and landscape industry leader, will bring 30 years of experience to the Advisory Council, strengthening the DGB’s connection to leading professional nurseries. Katz was responsible for introducing landscape designer Piet Oudolf to the Delaware Botanic Garden. Oudolf is designing the Delmarva Meadow, one of the features of the DBG and his first installation in the mid-Atlantic region. Katz has worked with DGB Director of Horticulture Gregg Tepper to identify and secure more than 65 thousand plants that Oudolf selected for the Delmarva Meadow. Planting of the meadow is scheduled to begin in September.

Boswell has demonstrated her leadership and commitment to conservation and environmental protection as an educator and nonprofit leader in Delaware. She brings more than three decades of experience in public affairs, communications, project management and strategic planning. For 12 years, she directed the education and outreach program at the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays.

As a DBG Board member, Maddex was a major contributor in the development of the Delaware Botanic Gardens’ branding, bringing her skills and aesthetic eye to the design of the website and publications. She is an architectural author and had a role in attracting Lake/Flato, an architectural firm, to the DBG project.

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