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  • Writer's pictureMartha Keen

Featured Horticulturists: 2019 in Review

To all of our readers, Happy New Year! Thank you for following along, commenting, and sharing our Featured Horticulturist profiles in 2019. We strove to represent a broad spectrum of expertise, region, education, background, and passion from a set of women at varying points in their lives and careers. And on behalf of our interviewers and editors, thank you to all of the Featured Horticulturists who took the time to share their insights and reflections about being a woman in the field, and why horticulture is so compelling and dynamic.

Before launching into 2020 programming, let's take a moment to look back at last year's Featured Horticulturists, as listed below. And as always, if you would like to recommend a woman for us to interview, please be in touch!


Amy Schneider of Denver, Colorado

Amy is an alpine plantswoman, and works at Denver Botanic Gardens as a Horticulturist.

Amy Schneider on a field collecting trip in Colorado alpine on behalf of Denver Botanic Gardens

Janet Draper of Washington, DC

Janet has been a Horticulturist at the Smithsonian Gardens for over twenty years. She is also President of the Perennial Plant Association.

The Mary Livingston Ripley Garden where Janet Draper is a horticulturist, is 1/3 of an acre and open 24 hours year round. It is located within the Smithsonian Gardens at the National Mall in Washington DC.

Lucy Dinsmore of Philadelphia, PA

Lucy is the Azalea Meadow Horticulturist at Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania. She is also the Co-Director of Women in Horticulture.

Lucy Dinsmore, photographed with her favorite tools and gear.

Abra Lee of Atlanta, GA

Abra is a Fellow at Longwood Gardens and founder of Conquer the Soil.

Abra Lee is one of six women who make up the 2019-2020 cohort of Longwood Fellows.

Sarah Dominsky of Somerset, VA

Sarah is a Assistant Landscape Manager at Grelen Nursery, where she also works as a garden designer.

Sarah Dominsky is a hands-on designer.

Quill Teal-Sullivan of Seattle, WA

Quill is the Director of Historic Preservation at Dunn Gardens.

Quill and pups at Meadowburn Farm, where she had worked previously.

Maggie Tran of the UK

Maggie is the Head Gardener of Bramdean House in Hampshire (Southeast England).

Maggie Tran deadheading roses.

Deirdre Murphy of Philadelphia, PA

Dierdre is a visual artists whose paintings reflect a career-long interest in birds, landscape and our connection to nature.

Deirdre Murphy is an artist who merges art and science into cohesive pieces

Cindy Newlander of Denver, CO

Cindy is the Associate Director of Horticulture at Denver Botanic Gardens.

Since 2002, Cindy has led the Plant Records team and played a key role in developing the Gardens Navigator website, which makes the information DBG collects available and searchable to to the public.

Sandra Lopez Cortez of Swarthmore, PA

Sandra is a Gardener at the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College.

Sandra is a sustainability advocate at Swarthmore.

Mae Lin Plummer of Charlotte, NC

Mae Lin is a Longwood Gardens Fellow and creator of The Laughing Garden.

Mae Lin is pictured here as Garden Director at The Duke Mansion in Charlotte

Thank you for a wonderful year! Our 2020 lineup will launch in February.

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