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Welcome to our Inaugural Advisory Council

The following individuals have generously agreed to serve on the Society of Fellows’ inaugural Advisory Council:

  • Karen Daubmann, Associate Vice President for Exhibitions and Public Engagement, The New York Botanical Garden
  • Sara Helm-Wallace, Director of Public Gardens, Trustees
  • Paul Meyer, F. Otto Haas Executive Director, Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Aaron Steil, Assistant Director, Reiman Gardens and Lecturer, Dept. of Horticulture, Iowa State University
  • Shannon Still, Director of Plant Conservation & Curator, UC Davis Arboretum & Public Garden

We are grateful for their support of the Society and look forward to their many contributions. Congratulations and thank you!

Society of Fellows Launches

Alumni of the Longwood Gardens Graduate Program and current members of the Longwood Fellows Program gathered on June 20, 2017 to launch the Society of Fellows (SoF). The breakfast event was held at the American Public Gardens Association’s annual conference in Ontario, Canada. Nearly 25 alumni attended the event, which was facilitated by alumni Bill LeFevre (Sarah P. Duke Gardens), Aaron Steil (Iowa State University, Reiman Gardens), and program director Tamara Fleming.

In addition to reconnecting with one another, alumni were able to dive deeply into the content of the recently evolved Fellows Program and help current Fellows generate topics for their 13-month long cohort project, which addresses a pressing need in the public horticulture sector. Graduate program alums also received their Society of Fellows pins. Those individuals not able to attend the breakfast meeting will receive their SoF pins by US mail.

Be sure to submit updated contact information via the form at the bottom of this page if your information has recently changed.

“The more than 200 alumni of the Longwood Graduate Program have become leaders in the public horticulture profession. With the launch of the Society of Fellows, these alumni will join with the new alumni of the Fellows Program to create a global network of professionals who are making a significant impact in the field.”

-Paul B. Redman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Longwood Gardens

The Society’s Purpose

The Society of Fellows is a service organization whose purpose is to support the continued development of leaders in public horticulture through a member-run network that:

  • Informs members of leadership trends and prompts discussions on these topics
  • Gathers input on and seeks to address problems facing our industry
  • Matches members for industry-related, collaborative projects
  • Provides peer-mentoring
  • Consults with and assists leaders and organizations outside of the SoF in the accomplishment of their goals
  • Funds professional development opportunities

Initial Goals

The Society’s first year goals include:

  • Recruit the Society’s inaugural volunteer advisory council who will work directly with the Program Director to inform and support the Society’s goals and activities
  • Aid in the creation of a website to serve alumni
  • Organize an annual meeting of the SoF to further networking and professional development.

Current alumni of the Longwood Graduate Program, register for the Society of Fellows: