Christy Smith has been Stanford’s Arizona Garden Coordinator since 1999. She also works as the Manuscripts Accessioning Manager for Special Collections and University Archives, splitting the two positions 50/50. She manages a core group of about 15 volunteers—and a much larger group of occasional participants—who tend to the Cactus Garden. Christy has a degree from Yale, and teaches an annual class on Cacti and Succulents for the Foothill College horticulture program.
Her outside interests include gardening with her 5-year old daughter, playing with their two golden retrievers, hiking, and reading. “But reading is not really a hobby, it’s more like breathing.”
Photographed in the Arizona Garden on April 24, 2016.