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Longwood Gardens, Hidcote Manor Garden and The Alliance of Hyogo announce Great Gardens of the World TRIAD Fellowship

May 19, 2014
Longwood Gardens, Hidcote Manor Garden and The Alliance of Hyogo announce Great Gardens of the World TRIAD Fellowship. Six horticulturists selected for international training experience.

KENNETT SQUARE, PA – Longwood Gardens is proud to announce the inaugural year of The Great Gardens of The World TRIAD Fellowship. This first-of-its-kind Fellowship is in partnership with Hidcote Manor Garden in Gloucestershire, UK; The Alliance of Hyogo in Awaji Island, Japan; and Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA, USA. Horticulture is both science and art, and is expressed in different ways around the world. The TRIAD Fellowship is designed to expose young horticulturists to both the culture and horticulture of three unique countries and gardens of the world, thus equipping them with the foundational knowledge and global experience upon which to build their careers as professional horticulturists. 

“The World TRIAD Fellowship further expands our leading horticultural education programs and enables us to share our knowledge and best practices on a global scale. We are honored to partner with the Hidcote Manor Garden and The Alliance of Hyogo to offer these aspiring professionals an international, hands-on experience that will be invaluable throughout their careers

Paul B. Redman, Director of Longwood Gardens

Two horticulturists from each institution will participate in the inaugural year of the Fellowship. 

Over the period of one year, the TRIAD Fellows will spend four months living, working, and learning in each of the three world-class public gardens. In order to be considered for the Fellowship, students must have held a degree, certificate or higher education diploma in horticulture. They also must have previous hands-on working experience in horticulture as well as a passion for plants and a sincere desire to pursue a career in public horticulture. 

This extraordinary experience exposes the young horticulturist to the field on a globally immersive level. They can connect historical gardens with current design and display trends while working in some of the greatest gardens of today. The Fellows are paid, and their housing is provided, allowing them to focus on their training while learning horticulture alongside some of the most knowledgeable staff in the world. The horticulturists will learn about greenhouse technologies, crop scheduling, integrated pest management, plant identification and culture for three distinct regions of the world, plant records management, conservatory management, landscape design and implementation, heritage management, exhibit design, and more.

The Fellowship begins in May 2014, and Longwood’s two Fellows are Christina Olivieri, from Levittown, PA, and Nicholas Giaquinto from Commack, NY. Misho Okawa, from Kobe, Hyogo, and Hitomi Kawasaki, from Iwakura Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, are the Fellows from The Alliance of Hyogo. Philip Brown, from Harvington, Evesham, Worcestershire, and Rhiannon Harris, from Sevenoaks, Kent, are the Fellows from Hidcote Manor Garden. Longwood Fellows Olivieri and Giaquinto will spend their first four months at Hidcote Manor Garden. Following their experience in the UK, the duo moves on to the Miracle Planet Museum of Plants on Awaji Island, Japan. Their Fellowship concludes at Longwood Gardens, where they will focus on innovation in horticultural display. Okawa and Kawasaki also begin their Fellowship in May hosted by the Alliance of Hyogo, then will travel to Longwood Gardens and end their experience at Hidcote Manor Garden. Brown and Harris begin at Hidcote Manor Garden in September, then travel to Japan, and complete their Fellowship at Longwood Gardens. 

Throughout their international travels, the horticulturists will be sharing their experiences in each country via the blog,

About Longwood Gardens 

In 1906, industrialist Pierre du Pont (1870-1954) purchased a small farm near Kennett Square, PA, to save a collection of historic trees from being sold for lumber. Throughout his life, Mr. du Pont indulged his passion for gardening, turning his farm into a magnificent horticultural showplace. Today, Longwood Gardens is one of the world’s great gardens, encompassing 1,077 acres of gardens, woodlands, meadows, fountains, a 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ and a 4-acre conservatory. Longwood continues the mission set forth by Mr. du Pont to inspire people through excellence in garden design, horticulture, education and the arts, through programming that includes exhibitions, musical performances by leading artists, renowned horticulture education programs, horticulture research, environmental stewardship and cultural and community engagement. For more information, visit Longwood Gardens is located in Kennett Square PA, USA, about 30 minutes west of Philadelphia.

About The Alliance of Hyogo 

The Alliance of Hyogo consists of the Miracle Planet Museum of Plants and the Awaji Landscape Planning and Horticulture Academy (ALPHA). The former is part of Awaji Yumebutai along with Akashi Kaikyo National Park, the International Conference Center, the Westin Hotel Awaji Island, the Promenade Garden and the Amphitheater. ALPHA is a college of the University of Hyogo. The Alliance was formed in 2013 to gather parties interested in participating in the Great Gardens of the World TRIAD Fellowship. For more information, visit

About Hidcote Manor Garden 

Hidcote Manor Garden is one of the most influential 20th century flower gardens in Britain, the archetypal ‘garden of rooms’, setting the style for the English garden in the 20th century. Major Lawrence Johnston (1871–1958), a naturalized British citizen and the garden’s creator, demanded the best in design and plants and was prepared to go to endless trouble and expense to achieve this. Hidcote is the coherent execution of his vision and genius, achieved and perfected over a relatively short period of time. The garden is an exposition of garden design and plantsmanship and a Mecca for garden lovers. Hidcote is a property of The National Trust, a UK conservation charity, established for the purposes of promoting the permanent preservation of lands and tenements (including buildings) for beauty or historic interest for the benefit of the nation. For more information, visit