Garden President & CEO

F. Todd Lasseigne, Ph.D.

F. Todd Lasseigne, Ph.D.

Dr. F. Todd Lasseigne came to Tulsa as Garden President and CEO in April 2011.  Prior to coming to Tulsa, Dr. Lasseigne served as Executive Director of Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden (Kernersville, NC) from 2005 through early 2011.  Previously, he served as Assistant Director of the JC Raulston Arboretum (Raleigh, NC).  He is also a past recipient of the prestigious Garden Club of America/ Martin McLaren Horticultural Scholarship, which allowed for a year of study-abroad experience in the U.K.  He also has worked for the Citywide Arboretum of Aiken, South Carolina, and the State Botanical Garden of Georgia (Athens, GA).

Dr. Lasseigne is a highly respected and well-known plantsman, educator and lecturer, horticultural scientist, garden writer and plant photographer, and leader in the field of public horticulture.  He has traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Western Europe, and Japan in search of new landscape plants and has participated on plant expeditions in China and the nation of Georgia. He has also visited numerous public and private gardens, nurseries, and plant collections throughout the U.S., U.K., Japan, Mexico and elsewhere. In total, Dr. Lasseigne has visited more than 350 gardens.

 Dr. Lasseigne is a well-known speaker on topics of interest to gardeners, nursery and landscape professionals, and horticulturists.  He has presented numerous lectures throughout the U.S. and has also delivered several lectures to audiences in Japan.  He has published articles in professional magazines and society publications such as American NurserymanNursery Management and Production/NMPro, Fine GardeningConifer Quarterly, and most recently Oklahoma Gardener.  He has developed and databased a personal collection of more than 40,000 images of plants and gardens.

Dr. Lasseigne served as the chair of the Plant Collections Professional Section for the American Public Gardens Association from 2008 to 2011.  He is active in numerous plant societies and helped organize professional meetings for the Maple Society and the American Public Gardens Association.  

Dr. Lasseigne has been professionally recognized through several awards, particularly the American Society for Horticultural Science, Southern Region for Excellence in Doctoral Research (2004); and as an Outstanding Alumnus of the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (2008).