Carlo Balistrieri: Executive Director

LAKE CITY, SC – Moore Farms Botanical Garden has named Carlo A. Balistrieri as Executive Director. Balistrieri comes to Moore Farms from The Botanical Gardening Group where as President and Chief Creative Officer he consulted with botanical gardens, public green spaces and allied NGOs on curation, horticulture, garden design, restoration and preservation. Previously, he served as Vice President of Preservation for The Garden Conservancy, the nation’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to preserving outstanding American gardens.

Balistrieri has also served as Head of Horticulture at the Royal Botanical Gardens, the largest botanical garden in Canada, and as Executive Director of The Gardens at Turtle Point in New York, where he developed a private botanical garden. Balistrieri began his public garden career as Curator of the Rock Garden at The New York Botanical Garden.

A professional garden photographer, writer, and speaker, Balistrieri is also a lawyer with nearly two decades of private practice experience including a specialty in the international trade in rare plants. He received his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Moore Farms Botanical Garden is a dynamic 65-acre garden set in the rural Pee Dee region near Lake City, South Carolina. Embracing its southern pastoral setting through an informal, expressive design scheme, the garden is a careful blend of exuberant plant displays, bounding meadows and enduring vistas of grey-green pines. Woven throughout this aesthetic tapestry are innovative research, educational programs and community outreach. The resulting union of art and scholarship is a dazzling example of the modern botanical garden. For more information, visit