Women in Horticulture was founded June of 2016. Our mission is to provide free or low-cost networking opportunities for those who identify as women in horticulture and related industries. We hope to create a community of horticulturists that respects diversity, strives for inclusion, and rewards contributions to our shared field. Fostering mentorship and creating a space for connecting people and ideas are critical components of our organization.
We are a volunteer run organization that thrives on support from individuals in big and small ways. Women in Horticulture would not exist, nor move forward with our mission, without the contributions of the individuals in our field and the support of horticultural and cultural organizations.
Keeping our events free or low-cost means more people have the opportunity to attend them. Knowledge and networking are powerful tools. We do not want money standing between people and their tools to success!
Finding a mentor or mentee is hard. We hope our events facilitate natural connections that create symbiotic learning opportunities.
Discussion is the key to developing thoughts which in turn lead to actions. Those involved with Women in Hort will find our events an ideal place to share new ideas on the topics of working women and horticulture.
We strive to have a diverse group of advocates for those that identify as women in horticulture. We aim to connect the for-profit with non-profit sectors and scientists with artists. People of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, and genders are invited to come support and promote Women in Horticulture.
Julie Bare has been hooked on plants ever since taking Horticulture 101 for fun her freshman year of college at Temple University-Ambler. After graduating with a BS in Horticulture, she was hired by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Meadowbrook Farm where she is now the Senior Estate Gardener. She loves working outside, watching the seasons change, and the world that opens up to you once you start learning about plants. Julie also loves the plant community that thrives in the Philadelphia region. She is a Horticourt exhibitor the Philadelphia Flower Show, the newsletter editor for the Liberty Bell Gesneriad Society, and is the Co-Director of Women in Hort. She's passionate about facilitating opportunities for WinH members to build connections and skills, share ideas and resources, and grow personally or professionally.
Co-founder of Women in Horticulture. Previously the rose gardener at the Arboretum of the Barnes Foundation. Now Rachel is the Curator of the International Rose Test Garden in Portland, Oregon where she is helping to start another Women in Horticulture group!
SECRETARY & TREASURER
Lucy Dinsmore, Assistant Director of WinH and Azalea Meadow Horticulturist at the Morris Arboretum. Lucy has been a horticulturist at the Morris Arboretum for six years, and comes from a long line of women gardeners. Her first paid job as a young tween was watering plants at a local greenhouse during the hot summer in Washington, DC where she grew up. She now gets excited about grasses, sedges, and stormwater management. Lucy is interested in new partnerships and helping Women in Hort take root in every crevice of the greater Philadelphia area.
Terry Donahue is a lifelong gardener and admirer of nature. She is a horticulturist and educator with strong interest and experience in nature-based early education. Terry is delighted to be a member of this wonderful organization.
Kate Galer is the Program Director for Women in Horticulture. Kate lives in Ardmore with her family and three cats. Kate has worked with children with special needs for over 25 years and has a Masters in Education from Temple University. She works (for money) at Belmont Hills Elementary School where she runs the Children’s Garden. Kate has volunteered extensively in the areas of the environment and horticulture, including serving as chair of the Lower Merion Township Environmental Council for 8 years and helping to build Linwood Park in Ardmore. She believes that we all must do what we can to make our own small worlds and the larger world livable for humans, plants, and creatures.
ADVISOR TO THE BOARD
Co-founder and Director of Women in Hort. Cannot stop thinking about horticulture whether it is her thesis, botanizing on a hike, or designing her home garden. Completed internships at University of Delaware Botanic Gardens, Polly Hill Arboretum, Mt. Cuba, and Chanticleer. Worked as the Plant Recorder at Mt. Cuba, before heading back to University of Delaware where she is pursuing her Master's in Living Collections Management. Her thesis is an assessment of the Hamamelidaceae in global living collections. In her free time she manages the behind the scenes coordination of Women in Hort.
Maddie Perzel is the Head Horticulturist at Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens in Devon, PA and is the Marketing Director for Women in Hort. Maddie absolutely adores native plants, especially Pycnanthemums and Rhododendrons. She is also a pollinator obsessed beekeeper.
FEATURED IN PRINT
Women in Hort was featured in the Spring 2019 issue of PHS's GROW Magazine.