Members Area

GCA Scholarships Recipients

 

2020 Grant Hughes

The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships
Grant Hughes is a graduate of Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in horticulture. Interested in horticulture from an early age, he received his Master Gardener Certification from Iowa State University when he was only 13 years old. He has had multiple internships, including at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston, Massachusetts, and Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, Nebraska, which have given him a number of experiences and driven his interest in public gardens. He comes into this fellowship with passions for how horticulture impacts others, the usage of plants, and trees. He looks forward to his time in the UK where he will continue to learn about public gardens. Hughes plans to experience as much as he can to further his knowledge in ornamental horticulture, teaching, and highlighting the importance of these living museums.


2020 Matthew Jackson

The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships
Matthew Jackson will be at Longwood Gardens for the 2020 GCA Interchange Fellowship year. He began gardening as an enterprising teenager at age 14 with a list of private clients. He went on to earn a BSc in horticulture with plantsmanship from the University of Glasgow and an MSc in biodiversity and taxonomy at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. A lover of travel and adventure, Jackson enjoys visiting gardens and wild areas. He has spent time in Thailand learning to be a divemaster, in Singapore at the National Orchid Garden, and on a grueling expedition to Nepal, which resulted in a publication on remote Himalyan botany. He loves his work in horticulture and enjoys speaking about it. He looks forward to his fellowship at Longwood Gardens and his time in the United States. 


2019 John Nix

The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships

The Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellow John Nix graduated this spring from North Carolina State University with a BS in horticultural science and plant biology. He has worked in the Mountain Crop Improvement Lab under Dr. Tom Ranney and has two independent projects in blueberry genetics, working with the Genomics Lab at NC State. His interest in horticulture began with the Future Farmers of America in high school, and includes plant breeding, tracing, and public horticulture. This summer he will have a specially designed internship at Longwood Gardens before his Interchange Fellowship begins. As the RHS Interchange Fellow, Nix plans to continue studying ornamental horticulture and to further develop his skills as a researcher, educator, and plantsman.



2019 Henry McBeath

The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships

The Garden Club of America Interchange Fellow Henry McBeath will be at Longwood Gardens for the 2019 GCA Interchange Fellowship year. He decided to pursue horticulture seriously in 2016. McBeath was accepted by the MacRobert Trust and Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, where he earned the Level 2 Certi cate in Practical Horticulture and the Level 2 Certi cate in Principles of Horticulture. He was a garden intern at Inverewe Garden where he took various plant identi cation tests and learned impressive skills such as mastery of heavy machinery and propagation in all its forms including from delicate cuttings.



2019 Kathryn Bray

The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships

The Garden Club of America Interchange Fellow Kathryn Bray is going to Longwood Gardens for the 2019 GCA Interchange Fellowship year. In 2014 she received a BS with honors at Bournemouth University and since then her history of garden placements is impressive. It includes Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and the Cambridge University Botanic Gardens, where she earned a Level 4 Certi cate of High Education in Practical Horticulture and Plantsmanship. She is currently completing the rigorous Diploma in Horticulture Course at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, where she runs the Kew Mutual Improvement Society, a series of lectures she coordinates and introduces. Bray has a number of published articles and has strong public speaking and writing skills.



2018 David Bull

The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships
The Garden Club of America Interchange Fellow, David Bull, will spend a year at Longwood Gardens, beginning in September, doing a variety of rotations among their extensive collections, special exhibits, and annual events. David has degrees or certi cations from Shrewsbury College, University of Exeter, Edinburgh Botanic Garden, Capel Manor, and English Heritage Wrest Park in Bedforshire. He has volunteered at Kew Gardens and worked for a commercial garden center. Beyond gardening and horticulture, Bull worked at Christian Aid in London as a Humanitarian Risk, Security, and Programme Officer; served as a digital communications o cer for Voluntary Services Oversees; and was involved with in-country programs in Latin America. Along with his horticultural background and work experience, David brings great enthusiasm for spending a year in the US.


2018 Brady Hedgecock

The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships

The Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellow, Brady Hedgecock, a recent graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in general horticulture, has a passion for public horticulture and a special interest in the ginger family (Zingiberaceae). He seeks to hone his practical skills in horticulture and gain experience in botanical curation, with the eventual goal of becoming a garden director.



2017 Polly Stevens

The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships

The Garden Club of American Interchange Fellow, Polly Stevens will receive her diploma in horticultural practice from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) based at RHS Garden, Wisley. This fall, she will be a master’s student in landscape architecture at Cornell University. Interested in urban horticultural design and park redevelopment, she envisions cities of the future as lush, green environments where plants grow in every possible space. Her career path was inspired by her background in interactive art, along with internships at Kew Gardens and a year-long placement at Audley End House and Gardens and various horticultural volunteer activities. She is excited to return to the US, and fondly remembers a childhood vacation to the West Coast, where she was awed by the redwood forests and golden beaches. In 2014 she interned at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.



2017 Eva Steinberg

The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships

The Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellow, Eva Steinberg, a graduate in anthropology, biology, and environmental studies from Wesleyan University, is passionate about sustainable agricultural practices and the role that seeds can play in preserving biodiversity. She is interested in collecting and sharing native seeds and in biodiversity cultivation, eventually working with the Millennium Seed Bank in England. Her most recent research examined modes of seed preservation among farmers in the South, including seed saving as a mode of cultural and biodiversity preservation.



2016 Molly Hendry

The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships

Molly Hendry received a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from Auburn University. She plans to use her time in the United Kingdom as the RHS Interchange Fellow to further her study of plants and horticulture.  This experience will aid Molly in her goal of bridging the gap between designers and horticulturalists in order to show that gardens are not just collections of plants, but can be choreographed experiences that unfold as people move through designed spaces.



 

Scholarship Opportunities Abound

The Garden Club of America offers 29 merit-based scholarships and fellowships in 12 areas related to conservation, ecology, horticulture, and pollinator research. In 2020, $306,000 was awarded to 64 scholars.Follow GCA Scholarships on Twitter for the latest news about pollinators, coastal wetlands, native bird habitats, and much more. Connect to a larger world of horticulture and conservation through the Garden Club of America scholars. Learn more about the GCA Scholarships. Learn more about the GCA Scholarships.