WATCH | Bledsoe ends 22-year tenure at Garvan Woodland Gardens

Garvan Woodland Gardens Executive Director Bob Bledsoe, right, gestures after his youngest grandson, Bartley, flips the switch to the rose tree for the annual Holiday Lights display on Saturday. (The Sentinel-Record/James Leigh)

Bob Bledsoe is almost as synonymous with Garvan Woodland Gardens as the annual Tulip Extravaganza or Holiday Lights, but he is retiring in January after over 20 years of work at the botanical garden, including 18 years as executive director.