June 10, 2020 by Shawna Jones, Abra Lee, Becky Paxton, Mae Lin Plummer, Barbara Wheeler, and Nanette Wraith
As part of the Fellows Program, our 2019–20 Fellows spent time at individual field placement sites around the globe. Here, they reflect on their time spent at their host organizations, and their lessons learned along the way.
Interaction as an Approach to Education: Fellows Leadership Salon
November 19, 2019 by Mae Lin Plummer
At both Chanticleer and Barnes, there are no labels; there are no rules of how to experience or understand the subject, whether they are plant combinations in an artful landscape, paintings, or sculpture. There are no right or wrong interpretations.
Together, the Grass is Greener: Fellows Leadership Salon
October 28, 2019 by Becky Paxton
For our latest salon, we traveled to Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles … and host of professional and college football games, blockbuster stadium concerts, monster truck rallies, and more.
Entering an Organization as a New Leader: Fellows Leadership Salon
May 31, 2019 by Caroline Tait
PHS President Matt Rader, who has been in his role for three years now, led an inspiring salon focused on entering an organization as a new leader and discussed the importance of new leaders knowing their sector, assessing and understanding their organization, empowering their staff, and delivering outstanding quality to both the community and an organization’s supporters.
Examining an Organization’s Most Important Resource: Fellows Leadership Salon
March 8, 2019 by Sadie Barber
During visits to regional gardens for salon-style discussions, the Longwood Fellows are given the opportunity to learn firsthand from experts in the field of public horticulture. Hosted by Delaware’s Mt. Cuba Center, this latest salon provided the Fellows with insight on human resources leadership and management.
Creating Novelty in the Garden at Chanticleer: Fellows Leadership Salon
February 19, 2019 by Erin Hepfner
Chanticleer is a pleasure garden; its exuberant contemporary garden designs and architectural details created by skilled horticulturists and craftspeople delight the senses. During our recent Fellows salon, we learned that staff empowerment and engagement are the driving forces behind Chanticleer’s novel visitor experience.
To Give or Not to Give: Longwood Fellows Examine Donation Trends for Arts and Culture Organizations
December 4, 2018 by Eleanor Gould
The Longwood Fellows program is fortunate to be situated within the thriving cultural community of the Greater Philadelphia area. The aphorism “a rising tide lifts all boats” is an apt metaphor for the support network that exists for the thousands of cultural organizations in the region.
Longwood Fellows Explore the Importance of Financial Endowments
November 28, 2018 by Caroline Tait
As Longwood received the first snow dusting of the season, the Fellows departed for Morris Arboretum for our third salon in a series held at culturally significant locations. For this salon, we focused on the concept of how creating financial endowments can provide consistency and reliability on an often bumpy financial road. In short—how to fund impressive new projects and pay the electric bills.
Longwood Fellows Discover Importance of Boards at Jenkins
October 16, 2018 by Chelsea Mahaffey
As Fellows, the Longwood Fellows Program helps us develop our leadership fluency and understanding of organizational management. As part of the program, we visit gardens with distinct missions that set them apart from others. Our most recent salon was hosted at Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens, which is nestled in the busy Main Line area of the Philadelphia metro region.
Longwood Fellows Engage in Leadership Salon at Winterthur
September 27, 2018 by Erin Hepfner
The Longwood Fellows Program curriculum includes salon-style discussions hosted by regional public garden and cultural arts leaders who have expertise in specific leadership-related areas. Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library was aptly selected to host the discussion of “How the Garden Fits into Institutional Mission.”
June 6, 2018 by Julia Thomé, Patrick MacRae, Neil Gerlowski, and Kaslin Daniels
As nature is ever-evolving and multi-faceted, so is the operation of gardens themselves. As part of the Longwood Gardens Fellows Program, our 2017–2018 Fellows spent two months at individual field placement sites across the globe to learn from thought leaders, as well as to share and grow their own expertise.
Longwood Fellows Dive into the Business of Public Gardens
November 6, 2017 by Neil Gerlowski, Longwood Gardens Fellow 2017-2018
Great public gardens must function as successful businesses to provide maximum impact and return on their mission. Leaders of nonprofit organizations focus on mission while also exercising fiscal discipline in order to meet their strategic objectives.
September 21, 2017 by Julia Thomé, Longwood Gardens Fellow 2017-2018
In the early 1800s, at the country’s first botanic garden, Ann Bartram Carr welcomed boaters by serving them ice cream. Today, neighborhood kids ride Bartram’s Garden kayaks out to a raft on the Schuylkill River where they, too, are greeted with free ice cream. Such is the spirit of welcome that we, the Longwood Fellows, were greeted with during our recent visit to Bartram’s Garden.
August 16, 2017 by Neil Gerlowski, Longwood Gardens Fellow 2017-2018
On July 27, the inaugural cohort of Longwood Fellows traveled to Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for the first in a series of Leadership Salons that will expose the Fellows to thought leaders in public horticulture and beyond and to the challenging topics they face in the nonprofit sector. This first salon, led by Danielle Rice, Ph.D., Director of Museum Leadership at Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, focused on the history of urban public spaces—an appropriate place to begin.
August 10, 2017 by Dr. Tamara Fleming, Director of the Longwood Gardens Fellows Program
“Leadership” can be an amorphous term. Most agree that it is an important quality to possess these days, from scholars to the average person on the street, but how is the term defined and what does it mean to study leadership in 2017? Beginning with this post, the Longwood Gardens Fellows invite you to “Follow the Fellows” as they define the term for themselves and actively seek to develop their leadership skills and personal brands.