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Molly Davis, ASLA, a Lexington landscape architect, has been named director of The Arboretum, State Botanical Garden of Kentucky. Davis’ selection was announced by Scott Smith, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment.

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Davis is a supervising landscape architect at Parsons Brinckerhoff, an international planning and design firm. In her 15 years at Parsons Brinckerhoff, she has been responsible for award-winning design and construction projects, several related to interpreting and preserving historic Kentucky landscapes. Davis lived and worked in England for several years and worked on projects both there and in France. Davis is a graduate of UK and has served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture.
 
Davis brings a diverse set of skills and experience to The Arboretum. She has extensive experience in public involvement and working with stakeholder groups. Davis has managed complex planning and design assignments in Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina. She has broad knowledge of Kentucky’s unique landscapes and resources. Her work in Clark County’s Lower Howard’s Creek won top honors from the American Society of Landscape Architects.
 
Davis is no stranger to The Arboretum. She was lead landscape architect for the Lower Glendover West (Mississippi Embayment) project that was constructed in 2006-2007. She also served on the new business committee tasked with implementing projects in the Kentucky Children’s Garden Master Plan and is a member of the Friends of The Arboretum.
 
Davis will take over the helm for Marcia Farris, who is retiring as director after serving in that role since 1999. Farris was the first full-time director.
 
The Arboretum consists of more than 100 acres of nature that fosters an understanding of relationships between people and their natural world; provides cultural opportunities for the community; serves as a community center for environmental education, horticulture, and urban forest renewal and emphasizes research on the environment and attention to conservation issues.
 
In March 2000, The Arboretum was named the official State Botanical Garden for Kentucky.
 
Davis begins her duties January 1.

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