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Garden Scholars

Garden Scholar Awards

A Garden Scholar award package includes one complimentary event registration and a $1,500 stipend to assist with travel, accommodations and related costs to attend American Public Garden Association's Annual Conference.

Applicants are limited to one application per review cycle.

The Spring 2023 Application Cycle for Annual Conference is now open! Please visit this page for more information on awards available and how to apply.

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Garden Club of America Hope Goddard Iselin Fellowship Award

A fellowship/grant opportunity offered in partnership with the Garden Club of America
The Garden Club of America Hope Goddard Iselin Fellowship in Public Horticulture will award up to a $5,000 grant to a student enrolled in a graduate-level university program to study public horticulture through experiential learning that takes place at a recognized public garden, botanic garden, arboretum, or other closely aligned public horticulture institution in the United States. This Fellowship will be awarded in March 2023 for research taking place between April 2023-February 2024. Learn more here. 

Application Requirements:

- A two (2) page maximum written statement with a description of your career interests, a brief biography including your educational pursuits and future plans, and  an explanation of how the funds will be used to further enhance your training and research. 


- A letter/statement from a contact person at the public horticulture institution where you will undertake your studies

-Transcripts (current and undergraduate)

- Brief biography (100 word max) describing your background, current educational pursuits, future plans, and any other professional interests


-2 Letters of recommendation, one of which must be from your major program advisor

The 2023 application cycle for this award is now closed.

Past recipients

The Linda Milbourn Fellowship in Landscape Architecture

The 2023 Application cycle now closed.

The Linda Milbourn Fellowship in Landscape Architecture will provide financial assistance for a promising student pursuing a graduate degree in landscape architecture with a distinct connection to public gardens. Graduate students of Landscape Architecture will discover the impact their own vision can have on public gardens and future generations of visitors. Those awarded this Fellowship will, like Linda, bring their visions to life in connecting plants and people.

2022 - Robert Castelo, University of Idaho - University of Idaho Botanical Garden & Arboretum
2021 - Jessica Fegley, Penn State University - Winterthur

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Association Symposium Scholars

Arts & Exhibitions/Design & Planning (Mar 30/31)
The Longwood Gardens Scholar - Erin Hill, Bloedel Reserve
Vanita Keswani, Smith-Gilbert Gardens

Finance & Operations (Apr 24/25)
The BHS Insurance Scholar - Chaundra Frank, VP-FInance, Houston Botanic Garden

Association Conference Scholars

The BHS Insurance Scholar - Toshi Yano, Wethersfield Estate and Garden
The Gerry Donnelly Future Leaders Scholar - Erin Presley, Olbrich Botanical Gardens
The Kittleman Award for Aspiring Public Garden Leaders- Beatriz Maruri-Aguilar, Jardín Botánico Regional de Cadereyta
The Longwood Gardens Scholar - Abby Lorenz, Lincoln Park Zoo
Thuy Luu
Emma Marton