Fred Hoyt

University of Washington Botanic Gardens (UWBG) Director Fred Hoyt will retire at the end of January.

Hoyt’s career at UWBG has spanned 38 years during which he has played an important role in many aspects of the stewardship and growth of its collections and programs. He has fostered strong relationships with colleagues and community members and will be remembered for a lasting impact.

Hoyt began working at the Washington Park Arboretum in 1982 as a gardener lead. Between then and 2011, he served in a few different roles, supporting UWBG and the Center for Urban Horticulture. In 2011, Hoyt was promoted to Associate Director of UW Botanic Gardens. He was by this time working even more closely with donors, collaborators, other UW departments, as well as government offices. He was named director in April 2019 after serving as interim director in 2016.

He looks forward to traveling with his recently-retired wife, Michelle Barry. Read more about Hoyt’s career, legacy

and his retirement plans on the UW Botanic Gardens website.