Garden CEO Todd Lasseigne to ...

July 24, 2020

Tulsa Botanic Garden CEO to lead Bellingrath Gardens

Tulsa Botanic Garden president and CEO Dr. Todd Lasseigne has accepted the position of executive director at Bellingrath Gardens and Home, a 65-acre garden and estate home in Theodore, Alabama. 

Lasseigne joined Tulsa Botanic Garden as the first full-time director in spring 2011 growing it into a cultural and educational destination. In his tenure he has overseen development of the Garden from integral infrastructure projects and design and unveiling of a master plan to construction of two major gardens: the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Floral Terraces and the Children’s Discovery Garden as well as an educational and event center – the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Grange. 

Lasseigne also worked to grow the Garden’s programming and offerings, starting with only seasonal weekend openings and advancing to year-round offerings with major seasonal festivals including the region’s largest spring bulb display: Tulsa Botanic BLOOMS, Autumn in the Garden and most recently, Garden of Lights, holiday festival. The Garden also played host to a national symposium of public garden professionals in fall 2018 bringing approximately 200 individuals from over 30 states to Tulsa. The staff at the Garden has grown from three in 2011 to over twenty. 

 “Todd has done a tremendous job in taking the vision of our founders, supporters and members and bringing it to life, “says Janice Chevaillier, Tulsa Botanic Garden board chair,

“We can’t thank him enough for the work he has done in establishing the Garden as a living landmark for our community.  We wish him well and are grateful to him for his horticultural artistry in building our beloved garden.”

Lasseigne will leave his position in Tulsa in late August. Pat Woodrum, one of the Garden founders and its first executive director will act as interim executive director as the Garden begins work on a national search for a successor.

“I have loved Tulsa since I set foot here to begin the work of building the Garden,” Lasseigne says, “I appreciate the trust and support the board of directors, donors and members put in me as we have worked to create Tulsa Botanic Garden as a place for discovery, inspiration, rejuvenation and horticultural excellence for Green Country.” 

The Botanic Garden is located eight miles northwest of downtown Tulsa at 3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive. The Garden reopened in June after closing, in tandem with other Tulsa attractions, in mid-March, due to the coronavirus. Currently the Garden is open seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with advance tickets required. Tulsa Botanic Garden is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.  For more information, call 918-289-0330 or visit www.tulsabotanic.org.