Reynolda welcomes new Gardens team members

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Feb 20, 2020) – Reynolda Gardens of Wake Forest University has hired two new team membersAmy Dixon, assistant horticulturist, and Colin Eads, landscape technician. They began their new roles on Feb. 17.

Dixon became interested in plants, gardens and organic practices in 2003 after she started working at her aunt and uncle’s retail garden center. She has 15 years of experience working in horticulture, including the five years she spent at Piedmont Carolina Nursery. Dixon will continue her work at the Winston-Salem Journal, where she writes the weekly gardening column. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Western Carolina University. “I’ve been infatuated with the Reynolda estate since my first visit, and I’m thrilled to join the Reynolda Gardens team,” she said.

Eads brings an extensive landscaping and farm maintenance background to the Gardens. With almost two decades of experience, he has held positions at Yadkin Country Club, S&H Farm Supply, and Hodge Farms. “I’m excited to use my background in landscaping and equipment maintenance at Reynolda Gardens,” he said. 

The Gardens team consists of seven professional staff members and a dedicated volunteer group who care for 136 acres that include formal gardens, a conservatory, wooded walking trails, vast lawns and wetlands. Originally designed by Thomas Sears utilizing a site plan by Louis L. Miller and Horatio R. Buckenham, the gardens and landscape are used for recreation and respite by thousands of visitors each year and serve as a place of academic research and exploration for university students.

“Our small but mighty team has a strong commitment to maintaining the woodlands, wetlands, fields and formal gardens that occupy the Reynolda estate,” said Jon Roethling, director of Reynolda Gardens. “Colin and Amy are wonderful additions to the Gardens who will help ensure that we are carrying out the progressive vision of Katharine Reynolds to the fullest.” 

About Reynolda 
Reynolda, in Winston-Salem, N.C., is a rare gem among the nation’s cultural institutions and historic landscapes. The Reynolda experience includes a renowned collection of American art in the historic 1917 house of Katharine and RJ Reynolds; touring exhibitions in the museum’s Mary and Charlie Babcock Wing; formal gardens, conservatory and walking trails of the gardens; and more than 25 of the estate’s original buildings repurposed as shops and restaurants in Reynolda Village. Reynolda, located at 2250 Reynolda Road, is part of Wake Forest University. To learn more about #Reynolda, download the Reynolda Revealed app or visit

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