Garden Leadership

Executive Director at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden Shane Tippett

Shane Tippett
Executive Director
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden

As Executive Director, Shane Tippett is responsible for all daily operations, staffing and financial activity for Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.

Tippett has been with Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden since 2004; first as Assistant Executive Director (September 2004 - October 2011) and now as Executive Director.

As Assistant Executive Director he oversaw administration and IT, finance, budgeting, volunteers, guest services, and the auxiliary revenue centers of the Garden Shop, Facility Rental, the Garden Café, the Robins Tea House and catering through the Garden’s exclusive food service partner: Meriwether Godsey.  To date, he is most proud of the extraordinary work of the Lewis Ginter and Meriwether Godsey staffs in pursuing the Garden’s mission with an ever-expanding circle in our community, in ever more inspirational, effective and efficient ways.


Prior to Lewis Ginter, Tippett worked a dozen years in other non-profit organizations.  He was the Assistant Head for Finance and Operations at St. Catherine’s School, an Episcopal girl’s school in Richmond.  Before that he served as the Manager of the Virginian Diocesan Center at Roslyn, a year-round full service church conference and retreat center.


Tippett was born and raised in Montana.  He attended the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.  At Navy, he rowed crew, receiving the Spirit of the Lightweights award his senior year.  After graduation, he served 11 years on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps, and 10 years as a Reservist during his time at Roslyn.  While on active duty, he held various department head positions while on flight status as a bombardier navigator in A-6E Intruder squadrons, and subsequently as an AV-8B Harrier pilot.  Shane was a Harrier instructor pilot, Combat Readiness Evaluator for Marine Corps attack squadrons and a Weapons and Tactics Instructor.


As a reservist he served as the Air Operations Action Officer for Marine Forces Atlantic, the Mobilization Officer at Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, and the Deputy Director for counter drug exercises in U.S. Southern Command.  Most importantly to him personally were two tours as Chief of Staff for international exercises in the former Soviet Republics of Estonia and Lithuania, now Baltic nations and NATO allies.  Tippett retired as a Lieutenant Colonel.


Tippett’s passion for plants was kindled in the early 1990’s by a Lewis Ginter arborist who mentored Tippett on the care of specimen trees at Roslyn.  This passion underlies his firm conviction in the transformative power of gardens to re-shape and renew communities, families and individuals.


October 2011

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