After a national search, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is pleased to announce Grace Chapman as its new director of horticulture. Chapman Grace Chapman, director of horticulture at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardenhas a strong public gardens background with 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. In her new role, Chapman will direct horticulture for Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden starting October 18, 2011.

Chapman has a Master of Science in public horticulture with a certificate in museum studies from the Longwood Graduate Program, University of Delaware. Her Bachelor of Science degree is in agricultural interdisciplinary studies with a public gardens management specialization from University of Florida. As a recipient of the prestigious Martin McLaren Horticulture Scholar award presented by the Garden Club of America, Chapman 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 as part of the McLaren scholarship.

Chapman has presented lectures at the last three American Public Gardens Association annual conferences and participated in award-winning group efforts at the last three Philadelphia International Flower Shows.  Her interests include organic vegetable gardening, beekeeping, volunteering and writing a gardening blog:

The non-profit Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is comprised of 83 acres with 50 acres of developed gardens. A team of 12 horticulture staff work with scores of volunteers to create displays and maintain more than 15 themed garden areas. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is one of the finest comprehensive public gardens on the East Coast with more than a quarter of a million visitors annually.

September 29, 2011

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