Botanical Garden of the Piedmont
Apr 13, 2021
Jill Trischman-Marks, Executive Director
Botanical Garden of the Piedmont

Building a public botanical garden is not an easy feat. So far, Botanical Garden of the Piedmont (BGP) has been driven by the community’s input, aspirations, insights, and desire to be a place of healing, unity, education and beauty.  But the input phase of the garden design process is not complete and through reaching out to other organizations, we are hoping to gather more feedback to ensure the built garden will represent the hopes and dreams of the entire community.  The design and construction of Botanical Garden of the Piedmont is a very ambitious project.  This presentation will briefly outline what has already been achieved in the process toward building this garden, give insight into the road map ahead, and provide information about how the Garden is responding to community needs in the time of COVID.   For more information about the Garden:

The Botanical Garden seeks feedback about the desired features and programming. Please visit this link below to share feedback on how we can continue to improve services - and share the link with family, friends and neighbors. The more input we get, the better!

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Jill Trischman-Marks moved to the Charlottesville area more than 30 years ago to attend graduate school in the fields of landscape architecture and historic preservation at the University of Virginia School of Architecture. After receiving her master’s degree, she spent nearly a decade with the firm Ian Robertson, Ltd, where she honed her design and horticultural skills, and was instrumental in designing private and public gardens across the region, including the first five gardens of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond.  Jill then established her own firm, Jill Trischman-Marks, Landscape Architect, where she specialized in edible landscapes, native plant design, designing for organic landscape management, and landscape restoration.

After spending several years volunteering as a member of the McIntire Botanical Garden Board of Directors, Jill retired her private practice in September 2019 to become the first executive director and “chief cheerleader” for the Garden.

When not cheerleading for MBG, Jill spends her time in her garden, cycling the Virginia countryside with her husband, or traveling to exotic places to visit her grown daughter.