Bullington Gardens appoints new Director of Education


Bullington Gardens, a nonprofit horticultural education center and public gardens, has appointed Tracy Calla as its new director of education effective Aug. 1, according to a news release.

After an “extensive” search process by members of management at Bullington Gardens, Henderson County Public Schools and NC Cooperative Extension, Calla was selected to replace John Murphy, who retired from Bullington Gardens after 23 years.

Calla was Senior Director of School and Family Programs at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida, where she also worked for several years as a greenhouse horticulturist. With degrees in theater and horticulture, and nearly 20 years of professional experience in horticulture, she is also a certified interpreter guide, trainer for national environmental education programs including Leave No Trace and Project Learning Tree, and horticulture therapist. Calla strongly believes in the value and importance of plants and the power of nature-based experiences for people of all ages, the statement said.

“Tracy Calla’s leadership skills, her commitment to education and her energetic personality make her an exceptional individual for the role of Director of Education,” said Bullington Executive Director Annie Higgins. “We are confident that Bullington’s success and impact in achieving its mission and vision will continue to thrive under his leadership.”

For more information, visit bullingtongardens.org or call 828-698-6104.


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