East Marlborough >> Paul B. Redman, president and chief executive officer of Longwood Gardens, was honored with a national Award of Excellence from National Garden Clubs Inc. at the organization’s 89th national convention in Philadelphia. NGC is one of the nation’s most-recognized nonprofits and largest volunteer gardening organization in the world.
Nominated by the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania, Redman is a champion of the sustainability and beauty of public gardens and to the training of future generations of horticultural professionals. At the helm of Longwood Gardens since 2006, he oversees all aspects of the 1,083-acre display garden and works to advance plant research and innovative educational programs. In addition, he spearheaded the development of a visionary site master plan that guides the direction for Longwood Gardens for the next 40 years.
Redman was a featured presenter at the NGC convention in Philadelphia. He serves on the boards of The Garden Conservancy and Greater Philadelphia Gardens Collaborative. He is co-chairman of “Seed Your Future,” an organization that also partners with NGC, which promotes awareness and career opportunities in horticulture. Redman also is past president of the American Public Gardens Association. Recent honors include a 2016 Award of Merit from the American Public Gardens Association, the International Garden Tourism Network’s 2015 Person of the Year and the 2015 American Horticultural Society’s Professional Award.
Prior to joining Longwood Gardens, Redman served as executive director of Franklin Park Conservatory in Ohio. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in horticulture from Oklahoma State University.
Redman is one of three Award of Excellence recipients recognized this year by National Garden Clubs Inc. “Each year, NGC’s Award of Excellence recognizes exceptional individuals, organizations or institutions that advance our organization’s goals and purposes,” said Nancy Hargroves, president, National Garden Clubs Inc. “The Award of Excellence is our organization’s highest honor for non-members and by recognizing these deserving recipients from different parts of the nation, NGC hopes to educate and inspire others in communities coast-to-coast.”