Mission Statement

Mobile Botanical Gardens provides experiences that help visitors of all ages appreciate and benefit from our unique Gulf Coast environment. The Gardens serve as a living classroom for residents and visitors alike. By providing a sense of place, we endeavor to instill passion for nature, and to preserve, protect, and present the unique plants of the Gulf Coast region.

South Alabama Botanical and Horticultural Society, dba Mobile Botanical Gardens, is a 501(c) (3)509(a)(2) non-profit organization with public/private funding.

Robin Krchak

Executive Director
Robin came to the Gardens in 2012 as Director of Education before moving into the role of Executive Director in 2013. A graduate of Auburn University, Robin's background includes a wide range of experience including historic preservation, art instruction, grant writing and fundraising, and commercial project management. Much like her background, Robin has brought diversity to the Gardens with unique programming in support of appreciating nature. She is passionate about always finding ways to take the Gardens to the next level, so you're more likely to find her out on the Grounds as opposed to sitting at a desk -- unless she's holding the senior Garden Cat, Bubba!
rkrchak@mbgardens.org

Seth Allen

Director of Horticulture
Seth joined the Garden in 2018 after having worked at Bellingrath, Longwood, Magnolia Plantation, and Green's Nurseries in Fairhope. He received his Masters in Horticulture from Auburn Univerisity. Seth oversees all aspects of the horticultural activities of MBG, actively designs, procures and installs new planting areas, and manages the accessioning database IrisBG. His passion is the K. Sawada WinterGarden and the hundreds of unique Camellias within that garden.
sallen@mbgardens.org

Jon Todd Crandall

Grounds and Facilities Director
Todd comes from a varied background that most recently included nine years overseeing the day-to-day operations of a 650-acre tea plantation in South Carolina. When he's not busy attending to the many needs of MBG, Todd enjoys spending time with his family and dog, Sadie. He's also an avid fisherman, enjoys cycling, and is known for carving "Ugly Crooked Spoons" from a variety of woods.
tcrandall@mbgardens.org

Sara Habel

Education Director
My family moved to Mobile in 2017 and have thoroughly enjoyed being MBG members. I worked as a teacher for MCPSS for 4 years and have 11 years of teaching experience. My daughters have loved being part of the MBG programs such as Veggie Kids and NatureBlast. One of my fondest memories as a teacher was bringing my second grade students to the gardens for a field trip after studying plants and pollinators. I am excited to continue all of the wonderful programming already in place at the Gardens. I also look forward to developing new curriculum and programming, building new relationships with organizations as well as fostering current ones, and enjoying time with all of our members.
shabel@mbgardens.org

Aeriell Cashin

Operations Manager and Events Coordinator
Aeriell is a recent graduate of Auburn University and holds a degree in Agricultural Sciences. Aeriell’s passion is education and community outreach with regard to nature and plants. She brings a strong background in event management and logistics to the MBG team and lends oversight to all of our signature events as well as 3rd party rentals. Prior to her current position, Aeriell got to know the Gardens through her 2021 summer internship work which included an array of projects involving our longleaf, woodland trails, Magnolia Hill and even our chickens!
acashin@mbgardens.org

Michelle Rosa

Communications and Outreach Coordinator
Mobile Botanical Gardens has long been one of Michelle's favorite places, but now that she works here it has become her most favorite place! Michelle studied English at University of Alabama Birmingham and Biology at University of South Alabama. She is a lifelong learner and, while homeschooling her children over the last decades, worked from home as a freelance writer and learned to sew, to play ukulele, guitar and piano, to read Devanagari and Sanskrit, and lots more. She completed Yoga Teacher Training in 2022, MBSR Teacher Training in 2023, and is a member of the inaugural 2024 class of Alabama Master Naturalists. Michelle came on board just in time to help with MBG's 50th Anniversary Gala and her longest term goal currently is to help plan and attend our 75th.
rosa.m@mbgardens.org

Loki, Leo, and Louise

Official Tour Guides
Our official Garden kitties look forward to your visit! They are here during the week and will likely walk around with you. Dogs are of course welcome at the Gardens, but we do ask that they remain on a leash.

Board of Directors

2023-2024 Executive Committee

Frederick Walch, IV (2025) President
The Walch Group, LLC
Stephen E. Clements (2024) Past President

Mediation Attorney

Neil Kennedy (2026) Vice President – Finance

Sr VP Investments, Stifel

Dr. Bill Barrick (2024) Vice President, Horticulture

Retired – Bellingrath, Horticulturist

Judy Stout, Ph.D. (2026) Vice President – Education

Retired botanist, former MBG Board president

Greer Wilhelm (2025) Vice President – At Large

Retired prosecutor, DAs Office; Master Gardener

Allison Hall (2025) Treasurer

Bookkeeper, Halls Motor Sports

Vera Lynn Sheets (2026) Secretary

Retired, Phillips Preparatory Music Instructor

Robin Krchak, Executive Director

 

2023-2024 Board Members

Laura Frost, Ph.D. (2025) 

Assistant Professor of Biology, USA
Jack LeCroy (Honorary) 

Regional Extension Agent Auburn University
Chuck Greer (2026) 

Botanist
Ricia Hendrick (2026) 

Editor and Publisher, Elevator World, Inc.

Ken Kvalheim (2024)

former Alabama State Representative

Nick Lawkis (2024)
Executive Director for Governmental Relations, University of South Alabama

Carol Mackey (2026)

Retired, Healthcare Sales & operations, Master Gardener

Patrick McGough (2024) 

Larson McGowin, Forester
Kitty Meshad (2024) 

Catholic Social Svcs BOD; Sullivan Home BOD; Festival of Flowers, Vintage Affair, Med Alliance

Julie Moore (2026)
Retired, Claude Moore Jeweler; Teacher at Etiquette Mobile
Zack Moore (interim)
Mobile County Circuit Judge
Minesh Patel (2024)

Realtor, Legendary Realty, LLC

Dana Renta, M.D. (2026) 

Retired Doctor of Medicine; Master Gardener; Educator
Jeb Schrenk (2026)

USA Director of Digital and Strategic Communications

Janice Small (2026) 

Retired, City of Mobile Parks Department
Drew Walch
Pilot Group of Companies

Sheri Weber (2024) 

Retired, Providence Hospital Outreach Services, community activist

Beth Poates(non-voting): 

2022-23 President, Gulf Coast Herb Society

Carol Williams(non-voting): 

2024 President, Mobile County Master Gardeners