BOYLSTON, Mass. - Tower Hill Botanic Garden's Executive Director, John Wheaton
Trexler, has announced that he plans to retire March 15, 2012, following nearly
28 years as Executive Director of the Worcester County Horticultural Society [WCHS].
Mr. Trexler will be named Executive Director Emeritus at his retirement.
The Worcester County Horticultural Society, which owns and operates Tower Hill Botanic
Garden, will launch a national search for Trexler's successor. WCHS Board President,
Christopher Reece announced that a search committee would be named shortly.
Mr. Reece announced that Trexler is leaving the Horticultural Society after successfully
completing four capital projects/campaigns totaling more than $30 million. These
projects include the construction of more than 50,000 square feet of buildings,
30 acres of garden, and four miles of trails. The most recently completed projects
are the Limonaia (a display greenhouse) and the Winter Garden. Mr. Reece said, "John
has been extraordinarily successful in working with the Board of Trustees and with
major donors to see that the Board's vision became reality."
When Trexler joined WCHS in 1984, the Board had decided to move from its downtown
Worcester property to acquire at least 50 acres of land and to develop a public
garden. On April 1, 1986, after researching 25 different sites, the Society purchased
Tower Hill Farm in Boylston. Today, Tower Hill Botanic Garden comprises year-round
displays of the finest plants available for cultivation in central New England,
showcased within remarkably diverse landscapes. Elegant statuary, rustic and classical
structures, fine stone walls, and miles of woodland trails enhance the natural features
of this beautiful 133-acre property.
Trexler oversaw the development of Tower Hill during the first 25 years of the Society's
50 year Master Plan. The result of that effort includes a magnificent complex of
buildings and 21 diverse gardens and natural landscapes. Trexler is particularly
proud of his oversight of the WCHS library, which holds over 6000 books and periodicals
spanning seven centuries.
"The Staff and Board will miss John's focused and passionate dedication to the grand
vision of Tower Hill Botanic Garden, but we are committed to maintaining the excellence
that John has established for Tower Hill during his long and successful tenure,"
said Mr. Reece.