BOOTHBAY – Willilam Cullina has been named new executive director at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

Cullina, the garden’s director of horticulture and plant curator, had been acting executive director since August when Maureen Heffernan left that post to take a job at a garden in Oklahoma.

The Boothbay garden’s board of directors unanimously appointed Cullina as executive director last Thursday. Board President Susan Russell said that Cullina had impressed board members and staff with his “vision, presence, management skill, business head, and calm-yet-fun demeanor.”

Cullina is the author of five books on horticulture, and has appeared on radio and TV as a horticulture expert. He has been with Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens since 2008.

Coastal Maine Botancial Gardens, which opened in 2007, is a 250-acre waterfront garden, and Maine’s first and only botanical garden.