On March 15, 2012, Scott LaFleur joins the Garden as the new director of horticulture. He succeeds Susan Jett, who accepted the position of director of the vets garden and associate director or horticulture for nursery operations last fall. Jett has been with the Garden for 20 years, six of which she spent as the director of horticulture. The director is responsible for overseeing the Garden’s living collection, nurseries and greenhouse operations and grounds.
Before coming to the Garden, LaFleur was on the staff at the New England Wild Flower Society (NEWFS) for six years, most recently as the director of horticulture. NEWFS, a non-profit dedicated to native plants of New England, is the oldest plant conservation organization in the U.S.
“I am really excited to have Scott LaFleur join our leadership team. He brings a great experience from the world of public horticulture and conservation,” said Patrick Larkin, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden executive director. “Scott’s enthusiasm for engaging people with native plants will be valuable asset as RSABG increases its engagement with the greater Southern California community about the importance of natives.”
As NEWFS’ director of horticulture, LaFleur was responsible for the operations for the Society’s public botanic garden and native plant nursery. He modernized and advanced awareness for the botanic garden by designing a new public entrance, emphasizing the Society’s connection to conservation through the landscaped living collection, designing a demonstration garden to help homeowners appreciate the beauty of native plants and creating a native edible garden. LaFleur also reorganized the nursery operations for the Society, which resulted in a rapidly growing native plant nursery, which produces more than 75,000 plants each year for homeowners, landscape professionals, restoration projects and towns. A 1994 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, he worked in private landscape design and installation before joining the NEWFS team.
In his new role at the Garden, LaFleur reports to Patrick Larkin, executive director.