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The College of Sciences and Mathematics recently named Morgan Beadles the new curator of the Donald E. Davis Arboretum. An Auburn native, Beadles began her tenure at the arboretum on July 1, but she was already well familiar with Auburn’s public garden. She grew up in a house in downtown Auburn, and as a child, the Auburn University campus, including the arboretum, was her playground.

"I always tell people that you can’t get more Auburn than I am,” said Beadles. “For my 14th birthday, my father got me a job as a student worker for Dr. Charles Gillam at the Patterson Greenhouses. I continued to work there through both high school and college as I earned my undergraduate degree at Auburn in horticulture. After graduation, I was accepted into the landscape architecture program at Auburn where I would go on to earn my master’s."

Following graduate school, Beadles lived in Oahu, Hawaii, where she worked for architecture firm Phillips, Brandt, Reddick and Associates as a junior landscape architect. She returned to Auburn in 2009 and began working for Creative Habitats Landscaping as a residential designer.

"When the curator position at the arboretum became available I jumped at the chance to apply," said Beadles. "I knew that being in the private sector for so long made me a long shot for the position, but I also knew that I would be the biggest cheerleader and champion of the arboretum if given the chance. To be given this opportunity is a true honor and a dream come true for me. I have loved the arboretum since I was a child. To be in a position to share my love of this place, and hopefully expose it to a much broader audience, is exciting. My goal at the Davis Arboretum is to accent its beauty as the showpiece of Auburn’s campus that I know it to be, while still protecting its integrity as an outdoor classroom and educational tool for students and the surrounding community across many disciplines, and encouraging continued research of our native species within the arboretum. I would love to see more collaboration across campus and more people in here daily enjoying its serene beauty."

More information on the Davis Arboretum is available online.