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2023 Adam Banks

The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships
School: Bachelor’s degree, Environmental Studies, Bates College, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Brooklyn Bridge Park

The Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellow

With experience at Massachusetts Audubon Society, The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, the Bates College Carnegie Greenhouse, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Banks aspires to promote feelings of belonging, inclusivity, and curiosity within public gardens through design and programming. Banks had the formative opportunity to work in three different departments at the Arnold Arboretum where horticultural skills were sharpened, and knowledge of garden institution operations were broadened. As a curatorial assistant at Arnold Arboretum, Banks monitored plants in the living collection, assisted in database management, created curricula for Arboretum Young Scientists, and educated visitors through daily interactions and public presentations. He recently joined as a gardener at Brooklyn Bridge Park. During the 2023–24 GCA/RHS Interchange Fellowship year, Banks looks forward to learning more about a passion ignited while working at Arnold Arboretum: woody plants, their longevity, seasonal appeal, scientific significance, and grandeur. Banks is also excited to see how garden institutions in the UK are promoting culturally inclusive learning spaces for both visitors and gardeners.


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