St. Louis, Missiouri
Mary-Randolph Ballinger has been an avid gardener since childhood, starting under the mentoring of her grandmother, whose garden in St. Louis she is now restoring. It was designed in the 1920s by Warren Manning of the Frederick Law Olmsted firm. An ardent Garden Conservancy supporter from the very beginning of our organization, Mary-Randolph has been a significant donor, member, and force in our Society of Fellows program. She was elected to the Garden Conservancy board of directors in June 2015. She has also served as president of the Garden Club of St. Louis, and is a member of the Nantucket Garden Club and the Garden Club of Palm Beach.
Mary-Randolph retired after twenty-five years in residential real estate and has served on many civic and cultural boards. She is a trustee of the Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis Art Museum, Kemper Museum, and National Council for the Arts at Washington University, among others, and has been honored by the local newspaper and radio station as a "Woman of Achievement" for her volunteer work. Mary-Randolph is also on the Collector's Committee of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, a member of the Explorers Club in New York City, and Chairman/CEO of the Pitchfork Land and Cattle Company and of Forks Energy Co. in Guthrie, TX. She serves on the boards of the Kennedy Center board in Washington, DC, and Four Arts in Palm Beach, FL, and is the person behind the beginning of a successful organic incubator farm on Nantucket, MA.