According to an announcement from the American Public Gardens Association, the Trustees of the Bellingrath Morse Foundation have announced that Bellingrath Gardens and Home has hired Dr. F. Todd Lasseigne to be its executive director. Dr. Lasseigne serves as President and CEO of Tulsa Botanic Garden in Osage County, Oklahoma, a position he has held since 2011. Under his leadership, Tulsa Botanic Garden has developed into a nationally recognized botanical garden.
Dr. Lasseigne holds horticultural degrees from three universities. Early in his career, he was awarded the Martin McLaren Horticultural Scholarship from the Garden Club of America, which he used to study gardens, garden history, plant diversity, plant conservation and horticulture in the United Kingdom. He has undertaken plant expeditionary work in China, the Republic of Georgia, Mexico and much of the U.S. He has visited more than 450 gardens during his career.
Dr. Lasseigne was selected to replace Dr. William E. Barrick after a national search. Dr. Barrick retired on July 19, 2019, after 20 years at Bellingrath, and was named executive director emeritus. Dr. Lasseigne will begin work at Bellingrath Gardens and Home on Sept. 1.