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GCA Scholarships Recipients: The Garden Club of America and the Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellowships


2018 David Bull

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 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 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 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

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.

2016 Maggie Tran

Maggie Tran transitioned from a fine art career to the world of horticulture after a mentor taught her how to grow her own food. One taste of this new world and she was hooked.  After receiving her Diploma in Horticulture, Maggie embarked on a series of garden placements that would be the envy of any gardener, from gardens in England, Wales and Scotland to France and a short stint in Oman where she helped to teach women about horticulture. She will be leaving the RHS Wisley Garden to begin a year in the U.S. at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania.

2015 William Hembree

The Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellow, William “Will” Hembree, majored in Horticulture and is a 2015 graduate of the University of Georgia. Will is interested in a career in public horticulture and, in addition to being an Eagle Scout, has received numerous awards including the University of Georgia Presidential Scholarship, the UGA Department of Horticulture Award for an outstanding junior and multiple UGA College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Travel and Research scholarships. He will travel to London late this summer to begin his fellowship. Through-out the year he will work and study at many RHS Garden properties and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and Edinburgh.

2015 Charles Ive

The Garden Club of America Interchange Fellow, Charles “Charlie” Ive, has worked and studied horticulture in many varied gardens, from New Zealand to the Isles of Scilly, located off the southwestern tip of the Cornish peninsula of Great Britain. Currently, he is working at the RHS Garden, Rosemoor. He will arrive in the United States in early autumn to begin a year-long work and study program at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania. Charlie is a keen sportsman and likes to travel. He has visited gardens in South Africa, Singapore and Australia and will travel to gardens in our country during his internship.

2014 Ashley Edwards

The Garden Club of America Interchange Fellow, Ashley Edwards, a recipient of the Kew Diploma in Horticulture, chose a year-long practical study program at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania interspersed with travel to Florida, Arizona, Missouri and the Pacific Coast.

2014 Jonathan Henn

The Royal Horticultural Society Interchange Fellow, Jon Henn, a Fulbright and National Geographic Young Explorer’s grant recipient, graduated with Distinction in Biology and Magna Cum Laude in 2012 from St. Olaf College in Minnesota. An avid violin player, Jon’s interests lie in attempting to increase the role botanical gardens can play in helping to restore ecosystems around the globe. 



Scholarship Opportunities Abound

The Garden Club of America offers 28 merit-based scholarships and fellowships in 12 areas related to conservation, ecology, horticulture, and pollinator research. In 2018, more than $308,400 was awarded to 65 scholars.

In its inaugural year, the Montine M. Freeman Scholarship in Native Plant Studies was awarded to Angela Merriken and Dr. Uma Venkatesh.

Read more about the new Scholarship and the recipients.