Longwood, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, is one of the great gardens of the world, inspiring people through horticulture, education and the arts. Their horticultural endeavours extend beyond the boundaries of the indoor and outdoor gardens to include the magnificent seasonal displays and thriving research and crop production programs that serve to further their reputation as a pioneer among public gardens.
The partnership’s aim is to promote Longwood’s Fellows Program. This is a unique leader-development program that focuses on refining the skill level and heightening the self-awareness of leaders within public horticulture.
It is designed similarly to the highest-quality leader-development programs available today with 27% of the focus spent on text and case-based discussions, 22% spent on learning from regional and global public horticulture leaders, and 51% spent on pragmatic experiences gained via departmental immersion, a two-month field placement and a collective cohort project.
The Program is guided by the legacy of visionary business leader Pierre S. du Pont and is grounded in the literature of experts within the disciplines of leadership, organisational behaviour and non-profit management. Initially launched in 1967, the Longwood Fellows Program develops professionals from diverse backgrounds to be leaders in the field of horticulture and other mission-driven organisations. After completing the program, Fellows apply their newly refined leadership skills to advance organisations around the world.
Our graduates have gone on to become Executive directors and CEOs, Directors of Conservation, Horticulture, Education, Public Programs and more. Several past and/or present BGANZ members are Longwood Fellows, including Barbara Wheeler, Curator at Auckland Botanic Gardens and Fran Jackson, formerly Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney.
This a wonderful opportunity for any BGANZ member to take the next step in their career.
Learn more at https://longwoodgardens.org/education/longwood-fellows-program. Applications for the 2024-2025 cohort open 1 June 2023.