BBG Appoints Ronnit Bendavid-Val As Director of Gardens and Grounds

Release Date: January 8, 2014

Brooklyn, NY–Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) announces the appointment of Ronnit Bendavid-Val as director of gardens and grounds. In this newly created role, Bendavid-Val will help direct horticulture staff and lead horticultural design, maintenance, and best practices in BBG’s 52 acres of specialty gardens, plant family collections, and outdoor grounds.

Bendavid-Val brings to BBG decades of experience in public gardening and sustainable horticulture, including more than ten years with the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, where, as director of citywide horticulture, she oversaw gardener field training and was responsible for defining unified gardening methods and standards in all five boroughs. During her time with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, she collaborated with Brooklyn Botanic Garden staff on the department’s master gardener program. Most recently, Bendavid-Val served as vice president of horticulture and park operations for Friends of the High Line in New York.

“We are delighted to welcome Ms. Bendavid-Val to this new and important role directing the care of BBG’s gardens and grounds,” says Melanie Sifton, vice president of Horticulture and Facilities at BBG. “Her past experience with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation and the Friends of the Highline will serve her well overseeing both BBG’s historic gardens and its newer spaces and in upholding environmentally friendly and sustainable horticultural practices.”

Says Bendavid-Val: “Having lived and worked in New York City for more than 15 years, I have long admired Brooklyn Botanic Garden for its world-class collections, innovative programs, involvement with the community, and excellent horticulture staff. I am excited to join that staff and contribute my experience in urban public horticulture to BBG.”

Bendavid-Val received a master of science degree in agronomy, as well as a bachelor of science degree in soil and water science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Rehovot, Israel.

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