Throughout the summer of 2006, the Longwood Graduate Fellows hit the road to explore four exceptional organizations in public horticulture: The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society, Hillwood Museum & Gardens and Adkins Arboretum. The Fellows, including Tee Jay Boudreau, Grace Chapman, James Gagliardi, Amy Hoffmann, and Keri Leymaster, with Longwood Gardens intern Brigitte Crawford and Program Director Dr. Robert Lyons, attended these regional trips.
The Fellows' task was to capture the essence of each organization visited. For each field trip, one Fellow was the journalist, who took copious notes throughout the day’s events and another Fellow was the photographer, whose shutter never quit. There was even one Fellow who was designated to supply directions for the trip and to bring energy-filled snacks along for the travels ahead! Each of the five Fellows had the opportunity to be the storyteller for the day, whether in words or photographs. In the following pages, we want to share the stories of these remarkable organizations and our own interpretations of each visit. We hope that this "Overview" gives you, the reader, a quick glimpse into each destination, and we encourage you to read the complete stories for all four field trip sites.
At each location, our gracious hosts highlighted aspects of their organization, including fiscal management, educational and volunteer programming, outreach, and management philosophies, to name a few. From our travels, we saw first-hand that public horticulture comes in all shapes and sizes. What they all have in common is their devotion to the future sustainability of their organization.