GARDENS DIRECTOR

January 1977 to December 1979

The Dixon Gallery and Gardens

4339 Park Avenue Memphis
Tennessee 38117

As the first Gardens Director planned, coordinated, directed and supervised and managed the maintenance and development of the Dixon Gardens and programs. Established the standards of horticultural excellence, managed garden personnel, directed plant pest protection programs, supervised identification and labeling of groups of plants, shrubs and trees, directed operation of the greenhouses, hotbeds, Camellia House and related facilities; developed and managed the Garden Operating and Capital Budgets.

Established and managed Garden Educational Programs, presented lectures and workshops for the public. Established the Garden Internship Program, and managed garden public relations and promotional activities for members and the public.

Demonstrated accomplishments included fund rising; refurbishing the grounds; developing facilities, buildings and staff. Established a garden library, annual lecture series, excursion program, and Garden Docent program. Coordinated joint programming with other organizations. Planned and developed a cutting garden, and managed rebuilding of the irrigation system.

Supervised Horticulturalist and Floriculturalist, garden interns and volunteers. Staff of 6.

Pictures circa. 1974-1979

 

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Europa and the Bull looking toward the Dixon Gallery

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Plan view of the Dixon Grounds

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The terraced Formal Gardens.

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Looking down the Venus Allee to the Venus of Memphis.

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Azalea in Spring

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Europa and the Bull in winter.

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Ed Toth in the Stout Camellia House after arriving at The Dixon Gallery and Gardens to become the first Garden’s Director in January 1977

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Countess Patrica Jellicoe chats with Ed Toth at the reception in her honor following th inaugral program of the Dixon Garden Lecture Series on March 17, 1978

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Sir George Taylor, Director of the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust and Ed Toth pause for a moment following a tour of the Dixon Gardens. Following Sir George’s visit the Dixon Gallery and Gardens was awarded a 3-year grant to support the Garden Internship program.

 

 

 

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