By Beth Monroe, Public Relations & Marketing Director
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is welcoming a new horticulture director today. Her name is Grace Chapman and she comes with strong public garden experience at premier gardens in the United States and United Kingdom. Most recently, she was horticulture supervisor at the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University in Ambler, Pennsylvania.
Grace’s resume reads like a bucket list of places I’d like to visit! She studied botanic garden education, practical horticulture and landscape design in England at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Royal Horticulture Society Rosemoor and the Chelsea Physic Garden; and in Scotland at the Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh. She also worked at the “Eden Project” in England. She did all of this as a recipient of the Martin McLaren Horticulture Scholar award presented by the Garden Club of America – an extremely prestigious honor.
With impressive degrees — Master of Science in public horticulture from the Longwood Graduate Program, University of Delaware, and a Bachelor of Science degree in agricultural interdisciplinary studies from University of Florida – Grace also has interests that will fit right in at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. She enjoys organic vegetable gardening, beekeeping and volunteering in the community. She even writes a gardening blog.
I met Grace when she interviewed and was impressed by her experience, knowledge and enthusiasm. She joins a talented team of staff and volunteers here at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden – every day, I feel honored to be a part of this group. I look forward working with Grace as she helps lead us into a new and exciting chapter at the Garden.