Longwood Gardens, whose influence on American horticulture is seen through its vast education curricula, recently launched a new, 13-month Fellows Program. The fully funded cohort-based residency at Longwood allows Fellows to delve into topical issues relevant to public horticulture today such as leadership, board relations and governance, communication skills, change management, innovation, and HR/talent management. A two-month field placement provides a deeper understanding of these issues, equipping Fellows to lead organizations into a vibrant and sustainable future. Alumni of the Fellows Program join the prestigious Society of Fellows, a global network of public garden professionals.
"Our founder, Pierre S. du Pont, was a visionary business leader and had a desire to establish a school where students would receive education in the art of horticulture," said Paul B. Redman, Executive Director of Longwood Gardens. "Since 1967, thousands of students from all over the world have participated in our education programs and have gone on to leadership roles in many of the world's top horticultural institutions. This new Fellows Program carries with it the legacy of its beginnings, with a consciousness of the fast-growing demands on leaders in our industry."
Longwood worked collaboratively with the world's leading horticulture and education professionals to create the framework for the program.
Applications will be available on August 1 and are due November 1. Nominations for qualified, high-caliber individuals are also being accepted through October 1. The Program begins in June 2017. It is open to global professionals who hold a bachelors degree and possess a strong desire to lead in a public horticulture environment. Masters and doctoral candidates from domestic and international universities, early- to mid-career professionals currently working in the public horticulture sector, and those who may be transitioning between careers are welcome to apply. To learn more, visit www.longwoodgardens.org/education/longwood-fellows.
Longwood Gardens is the living legacy of Pierre S. du Pont, inspiring people through excellence in garden design, horticulture, education, and the arts. Visit www.longwoodgardens.org for more information.