People and Gardens

Atlanta Botanical Garden hires acclaimed designer Tres Fromme as new landscape design and planning manager

Fromme, principal in 3 Fromme Design, will help manage design for the Garden’s indoor and outdoor displays, seasonal art exhibitions, and the holiday light show. The new position formalizes an ongoing relationship with Fromme, who during the past five years has designed the Garden’s annual orchid exhibitions, art shows, state-of-the-art Edible Garden, and most recently, the blockbuster Garden Lights, Holiday Nights display.

“The caliber of Tres’ work is outstanding, and we wanted to add such a talent to our team to enable us to continue to invest in creative, cutting-edge displays forged with the beauty of our plant collections,” said Mary Pat Matheson, the Garden’s executive director. Two of Fromme’s long-range initiatives will be managing the design of the Garden’s planned Smithgall Woodland Garden in Gainesville, Georgia, and helping launch a new sustainable landscape program to support corporate and municipal landscapes.

An honors graduate of the University of Delaware, Fromme received his Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia. He has lectured extensively throughout the United States and teaches communications in the University of Texas’ landscape architecture graduate program. His articles have been published in Landscape Architecture Magazine, American Gardener, the United Arab Emirates' Landscape Magazine and Public Garden.


Member Jim Locklear receives the Edgar T. Wherry Award from the North American Rock Garden Society

APGA member Jim Locklear received the Edgar T. Wherry Award from the North American Rock Garden Society in March. The award, given periodically, recognizes “outstanding contributions in the dissemination of botanical and horticultural information about native North American plants.”
Locklear is director of conservation at Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, Nebraska, and previously served as director of the Dyck Arboretum of the Plains in Kansas and the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum. He has helped bring a number of Great Plains native wildflowers into nursery production including Aster fendleri, Baptisia australis var. minor, Clematis fremontii, Oenothera macrocarpa subsp. fremontii, and Scutellaria resinosa. He has also conducted research on plants of conservation concern in the Great Plains for the US Fish and Wildlife Service and The Nature Conservancy.
Locklear has published articles about native plants in horticulture and nature magazines including American Gardener, American Nurseryman, Fine Gardening, Horticulture, NEBRASKAland and Wyoming Wildlife. He is author of the book, Phlox: A Natural History and Gardener’s Guide, published by Timber Press in 2011.

The Idaho Botanical Garden welcomes four new staff members

The Idaho Botanical Garden is pleased to welcome four new staff members to the horticulture team. As a living museum, the Garden is dedicated to the advancement and appreciation of gardening, horticulture, and conservation. The addition of the new staff members will ensure the careful cultivation of the Garden’s regional plant collection, much of which is unique to the Idaho landscape and native to the Intermountain West.

Toby Mancini joins the Garden as horticulture manager where he will lead all horticultural-related activities including the day-to-day management of the horticulture team members. Toby received aBS inornamental horticulture from California State Polytechnic University. His work experience includes serving as a branch manager of Senske, production manager of Old Valley Farm, and a grower and department manager at Monrovia Growers.

Daniel Murphy joins the Garden as a horticulture technician for the native plant collection. He comes to the Garden from the University of Idaho’s Arboretum and Tree Nursery. Daniel earned his MS in biology from Southern Illinois University and his thesis project was green-roof technology. Naturally, he is eager to climb onto the roof of the Gathering Place in the Lewis & Clark Native Plant Garden.

John McDade joins the Garden staff as a horticulture technician. John’s gardening experience is worldwide, including England, West Africa, Japan, and Idaho. A native of Scotland, he holds a national degree in agriculture and horticulture from Cannington College in England.

Rickey Needles is a turf and landscape maintenance technician. Rick is familiar with maintaining public spaces in Idaho, having worked for many years in turf maintenance with Idaho State Parks and Recreation. Since 2005, he has also been a long-time volunteer with the Garden. Rick first volunteered for Winter Garden aGlow and since then has assisted with numerous events.


The Magnolia Plantation & Gardens hosts special events for National Public Gardens Day

Several hundred garden lovers and school children are expected to visit Magnolia Plantation and Gardens on Friday, May 11, as part of the fourth annual National Public Gardens Day. Magnolia, the oldest garden in the United States, is a member of the association and the only garden in South Carolina participating in the observance.

Tom Johnson, Magnolia’s director of gardens, said, “This is the second year that Magnolia has participated. Being among some of the nation’s best gardens that open their doors to allow Americans to experience a public garden comes at a special time for Magnolia. “Recently, we were selected as a Garden of Excellence by the International Camellia Society. This international award coincides with an expanded summer garden for our guests. “The educational programs we are offering have been designed to match the standards being taught in social studies and science,” Johnson said. “This is our contribution to education at a time when the demands on teachers and budget cuts force educators to look for other ways to enhance the educational experience for our students. “Incidentally, our education program is not limited to the United States,” Johnson added. “For the third consecutive summer, two French garden-design students will intern at Magnolia, and, for the first time this summer, we’ll have a horticulture student from Barbados.”

The free educational program for school children will include demonstrations with small animals, guided tours that discuss the role African Americans played at Magnolia, and a discussion about plants that are native to Lowcountry South Carolina.


Efforts to develop World Flora by 2020

The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (RBG Kew), the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE), The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), and the Missouri Botanical Garden (MBG) have announced plans to develop the World Flora—the first modern, online catalog of the world’s plants—and make it available by the year 2020. This massive undertaking will include the compilation of information on up to 400,000 plant species worldwide. It will also achieve a primary target of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation, an ambitious effort first adopted by the United Nations’ Convention on Biological Diversity in 2002, to halt the continuing loss of plant biodiversity around the globe. Representatives of the four botanical gardens recently met to organize a framework to guide their efforts and respond to this need for a baseline survey on the plants of the world that has been called for by the international community. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) detailing plans to create the World Flora was recently signed into effect by the four institutions. More here

Winners of the 2012 Canadian and International Garden Tourism Awards

In the spirit of highlighting Canada and the world’s most dynamic garden experiences and Garden Tourism’s limitless potential, the Canadian Garden Tourism Council, in consultation with a Canadian and international jury network, announced the 2012 recipients of the Garden Tourism Awards.

Top 5 North American Gardens Worth Traveling For: 

Annapolis Royal Historic Gardens. Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

Descanso Gardens. La Cañada Flintridge, California

Ladew Topiary Gardens (pictured). Monkton, Maryland

Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. Niagara Falls, Ontario

The High Line. New York, New York


To see the other awards, visit the Garden Tourism Conference website