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Garden Club of America / Royal Horticulture Society Interchange Fellowships


January 24, 2024

Launch Tomorrow’s Horticulture Leaders

For over 70 years, the GCA / RHS Interchange Fellowships have provided work and study opportunities for recent college graduates in the horticulture field. Many Interchange Fellows have become leaders in their fields. For example, Nigel Dunnett, 1989 GCA Fellow, is a leading voice on innovative approaches to planting design. Michael Dossman, 1998 RHS Fellow, is Keeper of the Living Collections at The Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University. The 2022 Fellows recently completed their programs and have accepted positions in the US and the UK. 

RHS Fellow Silas Zoeller is a Nursery and Collections Development lead at Far Reaches Farm and Botanical Conservancy in Port Townsend, Washington. Says Silas of his RHS experience, “The Fellowship presented me with an unbelievable slate of opportunities that allowed me to grow into an infinitely more confident and versatile horticulturist. This new set of skills, knowledge, and connections will certainly follow me for the rest of my life and career.”

GCA Fellow Sam Fry is head gardener at Whatley Manor in the Cotswolds. “The friends I have made, the experiences I have had, the places I have been, the plants and gardens I have seen, all make the past year as the GCA Fellow the greatest year of my life,” says Sam. “From the forests of Pennsylvania to the volcanoes of California, from the mountains of Washington state to the swamps of South Carolina, I have had the once in a lifetime opportunity to see so much of your beautiful country.”

2023 Fellows Adam Banks and Hattie Moore are currently working in the UK and at Longwood Gardens, respectively.

The 2024 GCA / RHS Interchange Fellows will be announced this summer.


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