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A Major Change is Coming to the Los Angeles Arboretum

A Major Change is Coming to the Los Angeles Arboretum 600 134 COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES

February 17, 2022

Nancy Yoshihara

A Major Change is Coming to the Los Angeles Arboretum

CEO Richard Schulhof will retire in late spring
after transforming the 

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – The Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden announced that CEO Richard Schulhof, 65, will retire in late spring after 14 years of leading the acclaimed Southern California horticultural and historic site.    

In announcing that he would step down, Schulhof, said, “In a horticultural career that spans a half-century, my years at the Arboretum have been an absolute highlight.”    


Under Schulhof’s leadership the Arboretum has received increased community and County support making possible over $30 million in funded improvements.  Projects include the new Visitor Plaza entrance now under construction, and the coming restoration of historic Baldwin Lake.  Improvements for landmark features include restoration of the Reid-Baldwin Adobe and vital repairs to Lucky Baldwin’s Queen Anne Cottage.   

Norma Edith García-González, Director of the County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation, said, “Richard has left an incredible mark and legacy on the Arboretum and the County—transforming the garden into a spectacular magical place.”


Previously in leadership roles at Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum and at Descanso Gardens, Schulhof joined the Arboretum in 2009. Under his leadership, the Arboretum team achieved exceptional milestones.  

Crescent Farm, a demonstration water conservation and sustainability landscape established in 2015, is helping the region adapt to the challenges of a new climate.  For over a decade, growing numbers of Engelmann oak seedlings on Tallac Knoll, nurtured by staff and volunteers, have brightened the future of this endangered species. Yet most telling are the words of the garden’s regular visitors, “The Arboretum has never looked better.”  Education has also thrived with a new collaboration with teachers to create garden investigations that introduce elementary school students to the joys of outdoor discovery and learning.   

“His unwavering vision for these gardens leaves a lasting legacy for us all,” said Annette Castro Ramirez, president of the Arboretum Foundation.  

Following a national search, a new CEO will be selected and is expected to begin work this summer. Schulhof leaves an enduring legacy in the growing and resilient garden he leaves for generations to enjoy.  

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