Joanne Healey Joins Adkins Arboretum Staff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (RIDGELY, MD - APRIL 15, 2010)

Adkins Arboretum is pleased to announce the appointment of Joanne Healey as nursery manager. She joined the staff in January.

A Chesapeake City resident, Healey holds a degree in agriculture with a concentration in ornamental horticulture, and has extensive experience in plant propagation, greenhouse management and garden center sales. Under her direction, the Arboretum's native plant nursery will expand its operations. Following the 2010 Native Plant Nursery Opening Weekend and Spring Native Plant Sale, May 7-9, the nursery will be open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., both for plant sales and to educate the public about the role native plants play in the health of the Chesapeake Bay. This marks the first time in the Arboretum's 30-year history that the nursery has been open to the public.

Adkins Arboretum's native plant nursery grows the largest selection of native plants in the region. It is the only institution that focuses on teaching conservation and appreciation of the native plants of the Mid-Atlantic coastal plain. Native plants are tolerant of the diverse growing conditions of the Eastern Shore, from poorly drained to sandy soils. They are ornamental and attract birds, butterflies, and other pollinators, so they are beneficial to the environment.

"I have tremendous regard for Joanne as a plant propagator and nursery manager," said Arboretum Executive Director Ellie Altman. "Under her management, the Arboretum is significantly expanding its native plant nursery to be open to the public throughout the growing season."

"I am very pleased and excited to be at Adkins Arboretum," said Healey. "It's a wonderful place, and I hope that my experience in greenhouse and nursery management will make it even more effective in providing the public with the plants and information they seek."

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. Through its Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, the Arboretum will build a new LEED-certified Arboretum Center and entranceway to broaden educational offerings and research initiatives promoting best practices in conservation and land stewardship. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visit www.adkinsarboretum.org">www.adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.