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Women in Horticulture is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 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.  


Low-Cost Events

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.

Idea Exchange

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 all genders are invited to come support and promote Women in Horticulture.




Co-founder of Women in Hort. Cat 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  received her M.S. in Plant Science focused on Living Collections Management. Presently, she is a Horticulturist at Hagley Museum and Libraries. She also teaches Introduction to Public Horticulture for undergraduate students at Temple University.



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!




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.

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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.



Emilia received her Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from Temple University. She has worked for Gasper Landscapes doing everything from customer service to custom planters. Presently, she works for Morris Arboretum in their greenhouse, and does freelance fine gardening for private clients. She is interested in ecological horticulture and is stimulated by opportunities that allow her to learn about the natural world and how humans interact with this complex system. 

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Women in Hort was featured in the Spring 2019 issue of PHS's GROW Magazine.

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