TBG Announces new Executive Director

Posted Oct 29th, 2010 by Melissa Shaner  Category: Arts & Entertainment, Toledo.com


Toledo Botanical Garden Appoints New Executive Director

The Toledo Botanical Garden Board is pleased to announce that Karen Ranney Wolkins has joined the TBG team as the new Executive Director. With over 25 years of professional experience, Ms. Ranney Wolkins has served in a variety of leadership, development and marketing positions for several local organizations including The Toledo Symphony, and most recently as Vice President of Marketing and Development for Sunset Retirement Communities in Toledo.
According to board president Mimi Creutz, “Karen brings extensive experience in analyzing and improving existing operations as well as orchestrating and implementing improvements in organizational performance and fiscal soundness. We are excited to have her on board.”
Ms. Ranney Wolkins holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hartwick College and has served on the Board of Directors of the Toledo School for the Arts, the Sunset House in Toledo, and the Catholic Family Center in Rochester, New York.
“It’s a privilege to be working at Toledo Botanical Garden and I am thrilled to be here,” states Ms. Ranney Wolkins. “ There is a wonderful opportunity to increase TBG’s relevance in this community and to build on the great work that has already been accomplished. Not only do we have a magnificent garden that is open free of charge for the entire community, but we also have our Toledo GROWs outreach program, which is working with over 100 local neighborhoods and organizations to develop sustainable urban gardens throughout the city. Combine all of that with TBG’s focus on the arts and you have a rich resource that is essential to support and grow.”
Visit Toledo Botanical Garden and enrich your life with over 60 acres of serene landscapes and picturesque gardens alive with color and fragrance. Explore the Artists Village and the outdoor sculpture collection, or take advantage of one of the many cultural events offered throughout the year. Open daily year-round, admission is free and always inspirational.

Toledo Botanical Garden, a public/private partnership between the Metroparks of the Toledo Area and the Toledo Botanical Board, Inc. in collaboration with the City of Toledo, is open seven days a week during daylight hours with no admission fee, except during certain special events. The Garden is located at 5403 Elmer Dr., between Reynolds and Holland-Sylvania roads, just south of Central Avenue. Visitors may also enter from Bancroft Street although there is no vehicular access to the north side of the Garden from the Bancroft entrance.

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