The East Bay Regional Park District welcomes Bart O’Brien as the new manager of the Regional Parks Botanic Garden, located in Tilden Regional Park. Mr. O’Brien joins the Park District staff upon the retirement of long-time garden supervisor Steve Edwards.
Bart O’Brien brings to the position remarkable accomplishments in the three main areas that form the garden’s core mission: native plant horticulture, conservation, and education. Previously, Mr. O’Brien was the Director of Special Projects for the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG) in Claremont, California, where he held several positions beginning in 1990.
In the field of conservation, Mr. O’Brien participated in planning, restoration, and landscape projects for the Los Angeles and San Gabriel rivers and watersheds in Southern California. He has held many leadership roles in the California Native Plant Society (CNPS); currently he is state archivist for CNPS and a member of the editorial board of CNPS’s journal, Fremontia.
Among his accomplishments in education, Bart O’Brien has authored numerous articles, presented lectures and symposia, and developed and managed a new native plant horticulture education and outreach program for RSABG.
Mr. O’Brien’s contributions have been recognized with numerous awards including President’s Award from CNPS in 2006 and 2010. He was named Man of the Year by California Garden Clubs, Inc. in 2007. Mr. O’Brien holds an undergraduate degree in environmental planning and management from UC Davis, and a master’s degree in landscape architecture from Harvard University.