New England Wild Flower Society welcomes Noni Macon, Mark Richardson, and Tracey Willmott to the staff.
We welcome Noni Macon as the new Retail Manager. Several members of the board and staff know her from their garden club activities. She has impressive credentials in retail: 17 years of increasingly responsible positions with the parent company of Calico Corners, followed by success at Winston Flowers and Gardener's Eden before she established the retail shop at Mass Hort in 2005. Most recently, Noni was a part of the Williams-Sonoma team, but she was eager to get back to mission-driven retail that speaks to her master gardener's soul. Stay tuned for exciting changes in the Garden Shops at Garden in the Woods and Nasami Farm.
Mark Richardson has joined New England Wild Flower Society as Director of Horticulture. Mark has an intriguing combination of strategic vision, skills, and experience that impressed everyone who interviewed him. A native of Rhode Island, Mark worked for four years as the assistant manager of a 45-acre nursery while earning his degree in Urban Horticulture at the University of Rhode Island. He then received his Master of Science in Public Horticulture from the Longwood Graduate Program as part of the University of Delaware. New degree in hand, he was asked by Longwood Gardens to run the undergraduate programs, and he spent his five years on staff in roles that encompassed strategic program development, design and development of a new garden area, and even leading the entire Education Department (with its $2.6 million budget) for seven months during the search for a new director. He left Longwood for Brookside Gardens, a botanic garden that is part of the Parks Department of Montgomery County, Maryland, where he served as the manager of adult education programs and frequent horticulture instructor/lecturer/author (and he developed a strategic plan for technology in the garden!). While he has enjoyed his work in education, his passion is plants, and he is excited to be shifting back to horticulture and his roots in New England.
Our new Director of Philanthropy, Tracey Willmott, comes to us from the Museum of Science where she was the Manager of Annual Giving for six years. Under her leadership, the Museum's annual unrestricted operating program more than doubled to record levels. Formerly the Manager of Leadership Giving at Mass Audubon, having begun there as a volunteer, Tracey brings to New England Wild Flower Society demonstrated expertise in fundraising for educational and environmental non-profit organizations. Prior to moving to Massachusetts, she had a successful for-profit career in the U.K. working in Human Resources for Ford Motor Company and Abbey National (Santander) Bank.