|SANTA FE, NM – Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania is, without a doubt, one of the world’s great public gardens. Not only are they are leaders in horticulture, but they are also dedicated to mentoring rising leaders in the garden community with their Longwood Fellows Program. Each year, hundreds of applicants flood the Longwood Gardens office, and a cohort of five Fellows is selected after a lengthy interview process. Among the Fellows this year, is Santa Fe’s Shawna Jones, Adult Education and Volunteer Coordinator at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden.
The prestigious Fellows Program is a 13-month leadership development program, designed to refine skills and heightening self-awareness of leaders within public horticulture. The program is broken into three areas of focus: text and case-based discussions, regional and global public horticulture, and a practical experiences through a two-month field placement, departmental immersion and a collective cohort project.
“I’m very excited for the opportunity and new and unique challenges that this fellowship will bring,” says Jones. “I am looking forward to developing as a leader within public horticulture and helping my community through exposure to the nature and gardens.”
“The Longwood Fellows Program is the top leadership program for emerging and mid-career professionals in public horticulture in the United States,” states Clayton Bass, President & CEO of the Santa Fe Botanical Garden. “We congratulate Shawna for being accepted into this transformational, year-long experience. There is no doubt Shawna will make valuable contributions to the Fellows Program as she well represents the Santa Fe Botanical Garden.”
The 2019-2020 cohort is Shawna Jones (New Mexico); Abra Lee (Georgia); Becky Paxton (Tennessee); Mae Lin Plummer (North Carolina); Barbara Wheeler (New Zealand); and Nanette Wraith (United Kingdom). For more information about Longwood Gardens and its Fellows Program, visit longwoodgardens.org.
About The Santa Fe Botanical Garden
The Santa Fe Botanical Garden celebrates, cultivates, and conserves the rich botanical heritage and biodiversity of our region. In partnership with nature, we demonstrate our commitment through education, community service, presentation of the arts, and the sustainable management of our Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve and Botanical Garden at Museum Hill. The Santa Fe Botanical Garden currently hosts more than 60,000 visitors and 14,000 youth education engagements each year.