Richard Schulhof has served as CEO of the Los Angeles County Arboretum since 2009. He previously served as deputy director of Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum, and as executive director of Descanso Gardens, having worked in botanic gardens for over thirty years.
With a special interest in science education, Richard collaborated with public schools in Boston and Los Angeles to develop teacher training programs and life science curricula. Work with the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Park Service has launched programs preserving and interpreting historic landscapes. Field research investigated the ecological impacts of invasive organisms on the forests of the Northeast, and assessed associated management strategies. Schulhof holds degrees in landscape architecture from U.C. Berkeley, botanic garden administration from the University of Delaware, and in forestry from Harvard University.
At the Arboretum, Richard focuses on sustainability and water conservation, preserving the Arboretum’s rich history, and making known the essential role of plants in sustaining life on Earth. He is an avid amateur birder, though his responsibilities at the Arb make it hard for him to spend much time on the birding trail.
Richard is an enthusiastic and amusing speaker; his talks are full of fascinating facts and colorful illustrations.
Directions: Meetings are held at the San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center, 18312 Oxnard Street, Tarzana, 91356 at the Southwest corner of Oxnard and Etiwanda (1/4 mile east of Reseda Blvd.) If you use navigation on your car, computer or phone, enter the address — 118312 Oxnard — not the description of the location (“San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center”). It is recommended you enter the parking area in the rear from the alley off Etiwanda – go left into the parking area. Please never park near the roll-up doors of the businesses behind the Center.