Meet Our Staff
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Adrienne Roethling

Director of Curation & Mission Delivery

Adrienne has been with the Botanical Garden since 2008, taking the master plan and turning it into reality.  She oversees all aspects of the Displays including interpretation, labeling, and permanent and seasonal plant acquisitions.  Recently, she has joined the Administrative Staff overseeing day to day operations. A contributor to "Seasons at Ciener" she also writes for Yadkin Valley Magazine, the Marth Stewart Living blog and more. 

Toni Hays

Programs Officer

Since 2011, Toni leads our  memberships, education, and volunteers programs, and coordinates the gardens newsletter and monthly updates. Toni also supervises the rental facility and will coordinate public events such as blood drives and lectures.

Lisa Dunlap

Gift Shop Manager/Rental Coordinator


Lisa began as a volunteer greeting visitors and aiding in the Gift Shop.  She has since taken on the responsibility of Gift Shop Manager.  She oversees all purchasing, budgeting and inventory. Lisa is also tasked to ensure a special experience for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, dinner parties and more. 

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Josh Williams

Garden Manager

 Since 2013, Josh’s interest lies strongly in the art of plants and mastering the training of the espaliers, topiaries, and manicured borders such as pleaching and hedging. He oversees all irrigation, organic practices, leads tours and works with the community. Josh has led a group of students, volunteers and part time staff over his course of 8 years as Garden Manager.

Trish Sprague


A volunteer since 2008, Trish always had an interest in gardening and joined the garden staff shortly after retiring as a Teacher's Assistant.  She has many talents, but painting is her passion and one will see her artwork scattered throughout the garden.

Mainor Melgar


Mainor has been with the Garden since 2013 and always wears a smile. On Thursdays, you'll catch him mowing and trimming but he always performs all garden maintenance on the 7 acre property.