An official signing ceremony was held July 31 marking Virginia Wesleyan’s new partnership with the Norfolk Botanical Garden (NBG). President Scott D. Miller and Norfolk Botanical Garden President and CEO Michael Desplaines were joined at the ceremony by Jillian Little, a 1994 Virginia Wesleyan graduate and member of the NBG Board of Directors, Brian O'Neil, NBG Director of Living Landscapes, Maynard Schaus, Associate Provost, and Eric Johnson, Assistant Professor of Biology and Greenhouse Supervisor (view photos). As part of the new agreement, the Norfolk Botanical Garden will appoint and employ a director of living landscapes to provide guidance and proper care of all campus landscaping and horticultural initiatives, particularly the 145,000-square-foot site area surrounding the Greer Environmental Sciences Center. The partnership will also provide opportunities for collaborative botanical science research, education and outreach programs among VWU faculty and students and Norfolk Botanical Garden staff. A dedication ceremony for the Greer Environmental Sciences Center will be held on Founders Day, September 7.