People and Gardens

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, Virginia, is pleased to announce that Grace Chapman has been appointed director of horticulture. Chapman has 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 an MS in public horticulture with a certificate in museum studies from the Longwood Graduate Program, University of Delaware. Her BS from University of Florida is in agricultural interdisciplinary studies with a public gardens management specialization. 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 Cornwall, England, as part of the McLaren scholarship.


The John R. Oishei Foundation has extended a generous core improvements grant to the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens Society, Inc., in the amount of $200,000. The Botanical Gardens will use these funds to update its strategic plan and support the growth of educational programs and horticultural exhibit offerings. The grant funds from the John R. Oishei Foundation will also help sustain and enhance the tremendous growth the Botanical Gardens has experienced in admission, membership, shows, and events. By attracting new audiences and educating more children, the Botanical Gardens is properly positioned to evolve as the pre-eminent horticulture authority and resource in Western New York.


Jim Duncan, executive director of Memphis Botanic Garden, received the Thomas W. Briggs Foundation 2011 Community Service Award. The Thomas W. Briggs Foundation, Inc., established the Thomas W. Briggs Community Service Award to be given annually as a memorial to Mr. Briggs. The award highlights the work of a local Mid-South organization in the field of community service. Its purpose is to recognize an individual whose creativity, effort, commitment, professionalism, and exceptional initiative have enabled the organization to excel in its special mission.


Two recognized leaders in conservation, education, and research are joining forces to ensure the perpetuation and appreciation of orchids in North America and throughout the world. The venerable 90-year old American Orchid Society (AOS) in Palm Beach County, Florida, known for its passion for orchids through education, conservation, and research, is moving its international headquarters to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, the acclaimed conservation and education-based botanic garden located in Coral Cables, Florida. The AOS outstanding collection of rare orchids will be used for teaching and will be displayed on the grounds at Fairchild Garden and in their new 12,500-square-foot Clinton Family Conservatory as part of the DiMare Science Village scheduled to open in December 2012. The AOS, which also promotes excellence in orchid culture and hybridization through its esteemed awards system, will bring to Fairchild Garden its more than 15,000 varieties of orchids and continue to publish its monthly magazine, Orchids


Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont, North Carolina, is pleased to announce that Marisa Wilson has been appointed its director of development and will oversee all membership and fundraising activities for the Garden. Wilson has over six years of experience in fundraising and development, and previously served as the associate director of development at McColl Center for Visual Art. While there, she successfully managed all aspects of the fundraising program which included individual giving, event planning, and managing the board of directors of the Contemporaries affiliate membership group. In addition to her work at the Center, Wilson has also served at Discovery Place, The Keith Corporation, and the Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College. She has an MA in Arts Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a BS degree from Davidson College.


The Friends of the Rogerson Clematis Collection of West Linn, Oregon, is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust-USA. The Trust, which supports education and research in ornamental horticulture, makes annual grants to botanical gardens, arboreta, and universities for the creation, development, preservation, and maintenance of gardens accessible to the public for educational purposes. The grant will be used to make the Rogerson Clematis Collection Botanical Garden at Luscher Farm more accessible by adding several hundred linear feet of ADA-accessible paths in the Orchard Garden located west of the historic farmhouse. It will also be used to purchase and install companion plants, plus additional trellises and benches. This area features plants that are suitable for beginning clematis gardeners; hybrid clematis from the Baltic region that were developed during the cold war; the Founder's Garden; and a living archive of clematis bred in Poland.