Patrick Newman: CEO and President

Fort Worth, TX – Public gardens leader Patrick Newman has been announced as CEO and President of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden|Botanical Research Institute of Texas (FWBG|BRIT).

Newman brings more than 14 years of public gardens experience, serving most recently as Executive Director of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center since 2016, overseeing a $5 million annual budget and supervising a staff of 60 employees and 800 volunteers. Under his direction, the Center increased earned and contributed income, added to its endowment and dramatically increased annual attendance.

Prior to the Wildflower Center, Newman was Director of Programs for the Red Butte Garden in Utah. Previously, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Republic of Azerbaijan, where he taught English and Science. He is currently active with the American Public Gardens Association on the Directors of Large Gardens Advisory Committee.

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden (FWBG) is the oldest public botanic garden in Texas with beautiful theme gardens, including the Fuller Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, and the Victor and Cleyone Tinsley Garden, which features plants native to north central Texas. The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) is a nonprofit, international research, education and conservation organization that collects and safeguards plant specimens, studies and protects living plants, and teaches about the importance of conservation and biodiversity to the world. BRIT assumed nonprofit management of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden on October 1, 2020.