Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park Announces New Executive Director
(Montgomery, AL, November 15, 2016) The Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park, a nonprofit with the mission of establishing and nurturing the gardens for the education, enjoyment and enrichment of all and to preserve Alabama’s unique plant heritage, has announced Jacque Smith Foshee as its new executive director. Jacque will be the first executive director.
“We are excited to announce this appointment,” said Heather Davis, incoming president of the Gardens. “Jacque’s experience and creativity will move the Gardens to its next chapter of formation. With her leadership, we are looking forward to planning events this spring and planting the first phase of the garden.”
Jacque brings more than 25 years of nonprofit management experience in Washington D.C., Atlanta and Montgomery. While director of development at Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta, she managed the fundraising, membership and volunteer programs. Most recently, she has served as the donor relations director for the Junior League of Montgomery redesigning the corporate and individual giving programs which increased giving by 600%.
“I remember visiting Oak Park to see my future niece clogging during the Festival in the Park,” said Jacque. “The park has a rich history in Montgomery dating back to 1886 and I look forward to seizing on this rich history while producing a beautiful garden for all of Montgomery citizens and visitors. Education will be at the core of what we create and I look forward to children and adults learning about our natural world while visiting the gardens.”
The Montgomery Botanical Gardens at Oak Park is a 501(c )3 nonprofit organization which promotes knowledge and appreciation of plants, the environment, history and art through educational offerings. It will be an oasis for residents and visitors alike. For information on joining or donating to the Montgomery Botanical Gardens, please visit www.montgomerybotanicalgardens.com.