Keith Nevison

Keith is responsible for overseeing all of the horticultural initiatives for the Garden.

In 2022, Keith Nevison is relocating back to his home state of California to step into the role of director of horticulture and operations at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. With the opening of the Backcountry this June, Nevison is excited to work with the Garden teams in establishing a welcome space for children to have fun and create lasting memories, while learning about the ecological importance of native plants. He is coming to Santa Barbara from Virginia, where he most recently served as the farm & natural resource manager at Bundoran Farm, stewarding 2,300 acres (930 hectares) of pastures, forests, and natural areas for a community association.

In addition, Nevison has spent the last three years cohosting “Virginia Home Grown,” a flagship Virginia Public Media program exploring the delights and challenges of gardening in the commonwealth. Prior to that, he served as manager of Monticello’s Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants and launched the Monticello Center for Food and Farming.

He obtained his master’s degree in public horticulture through the Longwood Graduate Program at the University of Delaware, where he studied pollinator interactions on native Phlox and its cultivars. He presently holds certifications as a master naturalist, FFT2 certified wildland firefighter, and an International Society of Arboriculture arborist. He is relocating to the Golden State with his wife, Jennifer, and 6-year-old son, Felix, who both love native plants and botanical exploration as well. 


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Director of Horticulture & Operations