Tony Williams
 2001 - 2003

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Profile of the new Manager of the Wellington Botanic Garden

I spent the first ten years of my childhood in Mombasa, Kenya, where the natural environment plays an influential role in everyday life. This experience had a profound impact on me and was largely responsible for my later interest in natural sciences. We moved back to England after national independence was established.

I spent the next 15 years studying, culminating in an undergraduate degree in landscape architecture and a post-graduate diploma in landscape management.

After working in London for a year, I moved to the United States (New Orleans) in 1980, where I worked in private practice for several well-known landscape architectural and environmental planning firms. After completing my professional registration exams in landscape architecture in 1983,1 moved to Washington DC in 1985, where I spent the next 11 years working with state and county agencies specialising in park and planning activities. During this time, I completed a post-graduate degree in environmental planning and urban design at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

In 1996 I moved to New Zealand and decided that Wellington offered the best overall opportunities in terms of employment and lifestyle. I worked with the environmental control business unit at council from 1996 to June 2001 managing the Design Guides for the Resource Consents team.

I am delighted to have been appointed as Manager of the Wellington Botanic Garden and Otari-Wilton's Bush and look forward to the opportunity of working with staff and Friends of both Gardens. My predecessors have made significant contributions to the gardens. I hope to build upon this work by increasing the profile of the gardens both locally, nationally and internationally.

My New Zealand partner and I have two children under three, both born in Wellington. My hobbies include gardening, photography, and visiting heritage landscapes around the world as funds permit! I also enjoy finding new and exciting places to visit with my children on the weekend. My favourite tree is the Nikau Palm in its native bush environment.

Friends Newsletter November 2001

Redevelopment of Begonia House

   Redevelopment of Begonia House, shop and facilities was undertaken in 2003, providing imporved visitor services and amenities.

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