Swarts to retire; Botanical Gardens begins search for new CEO

Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens side view
Photo by Connie Oswald Stofko

After eleven years as the president/CEO of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, David J. Swarts will be transitioning into retirement over the next several months.

“Through his leadership, the Botanical Gardens experienced a period of tremendous growth that enabled us to embark on an exciting Master Plan that will ensure the Botanical Gardens will flourish for generations to come,” said Miche Needham, chair of the Board of Directors.

The board has formed a search committee to conduct a national search for a new president/CEO. Swarts will remain in that position during this process.

Erin Grajek, the Botanical Gardens’ vice president, was promoted to chief operating officer to help ensure stability within the day-to-day operations going forward.   

“Our team continues to do an incredible job and I have great confidence that the Botanical Gardens’ best days lie ahead,” Swarts said.

He said that it has been fulfilling, both personally and professionally, to be associated with a national treasure like the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens.

“I am eternally grateful for the community of support surrounding the Botanical Gardens,” he added. “We couldn’t have done it without you!”

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