Bill Haldeman is returning to Longwood as the natural lands manager. Haldeman is a 1990 graduate of the Longwood Gardens Professional Gardener Program, and has thirteen years of natural lands management experience. Most recently Haldeman managed a one-thousand-acre estate on Nevis in the West Indies; prior to that he worked at the Flint Woods Preserve, a two-hundred-acre estate in Greenville, Delaware. Haldeman was previously employed at Longwood from 1992-1998 as a section gardener in Indoor Display.
An avid ecologist and plantsman, Haldeman has also studied ornithology and apiculture. His studies have taken him across the globe including to internships in South Africa and New Zealand. Haldeman is an expert in the areas of native flora and fauna, biodiversity, and transitioning natural landscapes, and will lead Longwood’s Natural Lands Horticulture Team. He begins his duties July 1, 2013.
Edward Broadbent has been promoted to the new position of head gardener. In his new role, which is effective immediately, Broadbent will lead the Outdoor Display Horticulture Team and be responsible for all of Longwood’s outdoor gardens. Broadbent first joined Longwood Gardens thirty-five years ago and is currently section gardener for Longwood’s renowned Flower Garden Walk, the first garden created by founder Pierre S. du Pont. In addition to his primary responsibilities leading the Outdoor Display Horticulture Team, Broadbent will continue to take a leadership role in the seasonal horticultural design throughout the gardens. Broadbent holds a BS in Plant Science from the University of Delaware.
The Morton Arboretum achieves museum accreditation
The Morton Arboretum has received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition for a museum. Accreditation signifies excellence to th
e public as well as the Arboretum’s funding audience, professional community, and government and other agencies.
The Arboretum is an outdoor museum of trees established in 1922 and located on seventeen hundred acres in Lisle, Illinois – twenty-five miles west of Chicago. The work of the Arboretum is to maintain collections,provide educational offerings, and conduct scientific research in support of its mission to save and plant trees for a greener, healthier, and more beautiful world. Collections encompass trees and other plants, a botanical library, and a herbarium of dried specimens.
Of the nation’s 17,500 museums, 779 are accredited, and only 3percent of those are public gardens. Within the public garden realm, The Morton Arboretum is one of only five arboreta to hold accreditation.
“Accreditation assures the people of Lisle and the greater Chicago area that The Morton Arboretum is among the finest museums in the nation,” said Ford W. Bell, president of AAM. “As a result, citizens can take considerable pride in the institution for its commitment to excellence and for the value it brings to the community.”
The achievement of accreditation comes as the Arboretum marks its ninetieth anniversary. According to Dr. Gerard T. Donnelly, president and CEO, “Our founder, Mr. Joy Morton, envisioned the Arboretum as ‘a great outdoor museum of trees,’ and throughout time we have aspired to and upheld that intent through world-class plant collections, model education programs, and scientific initiatives.”
While the Arboretum carries out its legacy and evolves to ensure relevance in today’s world, it also strives to make a difference for the future, Donnelly explained. “Through our leadership roles regionally, nationally, and internationally, we aim to lead tree science, planting, and conservation initiatives and collaborations, with a vision to be the world’s leading center of tree expertise.”
Additionally, The Morton Arboretum is accredited as an arboretum through ArbNet, a professional resource for tree-focused public gardens. In that capacity, the Arboretum is accredited at the highest level, denoting commitment to the fullest scope of capabilities to advance goals specific to its profession.
Sarah P. Duke Gardens hires Beth Hall as the Paul J. Kramer Plant Collections manager
Sarah P. Duke Gardens is pleased to announce the hiring of Beth Hall for the newly created position of Paul J. Kramer Plant Collections Manager. Beth grew up in San Diego. She earned her bachelor’s in horticultural science from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, with minors in botany and plant protection science.
Before coming to SPDG, she completed a 12-month curatorial internship at Longwood Gardens, during which time her passion for collections management and plant records grew. She most recently finished an apprenticeship at Filoli, where she worked with records and maintenance in the historic garden. At SPDG, Beth will oversee the BG BASE records system as well as manage the Gardens’ greenhouse and nursery operation. “We are very excited to have Beth in this new position and we look forward to applying her skills and expertise in data management."
In Memoriam of Florence "Floss" Genser
Long-time APGA members will remember Floss Genser, arboretum director at Haverford College for 17 years until her retirement in 1996, and will be sad to hear of her passing on New Year’s Day 2013 in Daniel Island, S.C., where she and her husband had moved to be close to family. Remembered by those close to her as “the quintessential Main Line Lady. She was always elegant, poised and truly dedicated to the environment, especially the flora on the Haverford campus.”
Under her tenure, Haverford was a founding member of the Gardens Collaborative (now known as Greater Philadelphia Gardens) and hosted an early national conference of the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta (now organized as the American Public Gardens Association.) Click here
to read the full tribute by Martha Van Artsdalen, Plant Curator for Haverford College.
Longtime Botanist, Ann Rhoads, Retires From Morris Arboretum
In a world that revolves around technology, one of Ann Rhoads’ greatest pleasures is taking her grandchildren for woodland walks. As someone whose career has involved spending a significant amount of time outdoors, Ann has always encouraged people of all ages to appreciate and take pleasure in the natural world. In January, Ann retired from a long and prolific career at the Morris Arboretum. Ann served as Director of Botany at the Arboretum from 1976 to 2000, at which time she stepped back to the position of Senior Botanist in order to allow now Director Tim Block to assume the position.
An expert in the flora of Pennsylvania, Ann and former Arboretum Director, Bill Klein, built on work initiated in the 1930s by Edgar T. Wherry by creating the Flora of PA database. Today the database holds approximately 400,000 specimen records from the major Pennsylvania herbaria. During her tenure, the botany department at the Morris Arboretum also produced several important books. In 1993, The Vascular Flora of PA, Annotated Checklist and Atlas by Rhoads and Klein was published by the American Philosophical Society. The Plants of Pennsylvania, An Illustrated Manual by Rhoads and Block, first published in 2000 by the University of Pennsylvania Press, has proven to be a valuable resource both within and outside the state. A second edition, incorporating recent taxonomic changes, was published in 2007. Trees of Pennsylvania appeared in 2005, and Aquatic Plants of Pennsylvania was released in 2011.
Ann has also taught and mentored students through the years both at the Morris Arboretum--supervising or co-supervising the Plant Protection and Pennsylvania flora interns, and as an adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where she taught Plant Systematics and Field Botany. An active spokesperson for environmental issues, Ann was instrumental in drawing attention to the issue of deer overabundance and its severe impact on the structure and composition of Pennsylvania’s forests and natural areas. She has served on statewide committees and developed reports to help educate the public about the importance of this issue.
Even though she is retiring from the Arboretum, Ann says she will continue to expand her knowledge of plants, and will still be involved at the Arboretum, helping out in botany and maybe even writing another book. In the meantime, her message not only for her grandchildren, but for all of us is a simple one- “Get out into the woods!”
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden included among the finalists for IMLS' National Medal for Museum and Library Service
The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced 33 finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community and celebrates institutions that make a difference for individuals, families, and communities.
“Museums and libraries are gathering places that provide invaluable services to their visitors. This year’s finalists exemplify the positive impact these institutions make,” said Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. “People of all ages seek out these institutions for opportunities to advance their education, to learn new skills for the 21st century, for cultural connections, and for civic engagement. From an urban art museum to a small town local library, these finalists provide communities a safe space in which to learn, imagine, and dream.”
IMLS is encouraging those who have visited finalist libraries and museums to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page, www.facebook.com/USIMLS. Visit the IMLS Facebook page to learn more about how these institutions make an impact. Ten National Medal winners will be announced this spring and participate in the National Medal ceremony in Washington, D.C. Click here
to see the entire list of winners