Richard Schulhof, retired after 14 years of leading the acclaimed Southern California horticultural and historic site. In announcing that he would step down, Schulhof, said, “In a horticultural career that spans a half-century, my years at the Arboretum have been an absolute highlight.”
Under Schulhof’s leadership the Arboretum has received increased community and County support making possible over $30 million in funded improvements. Projects include the new Visitor Plaza entrance now under construction, and the coming restoration of historic Baldwin Lake. Improvements for landmark features include restoration of the Reid-Baldwin Adobe and vital repairs to Lucky Baldwin’s Queen Anne Cottage.
Previously in leadership roles at Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum and at Descanso Gardens, Schulhof joined the Arboretum in 2009. Under his leadership, the Arboretum team achieved exceptional milestones.
Crescent Farm, a demonstration water conservation and sustainability landscape established in 2015, is helping the region adapt to the challenges of a new climate. For over a decade, growing numbers of Engelmann oak seedlings on Tallac Knoll, nurtured by staff and volunteers, have brightened the future of this endangered species. Yet most telling are the words of the garden’s regular visitors, “The Arboretum has never looked better.” Education has also thrived with a new collaboration with teachers to create garden investigations that introduce elementary school students to the joys of outdoor discovery and learning.