Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
Paul B. Redman is an award-winning leader of public gardens, known for his dedication to the beauty and sustainability of gardens and for the training of future generations of horticulture professionals. As president and chief executive officer of Longwood Gardens since 2006, Paul has implemented institutional and strategic reforms that have positioned Longwood as a premier horticultural, cultural, and educational institution. Overall attendance has doubled to almost 1.6 million visitors a year. Most recently, Paul led the $90-million revitalization of the Main Fountain Garden, which reopened in May 2017.
Paul joined the Garden Conservancy board of directors in 2012 and served as vice president of the board from 2014 through 2019. He has also served as board president and treasurer of the American Public Gardens Association and as co-chair for Seed Your Future, a national initiative to promote awareness and careers in horticulture. Recent honors include the 2019 Tedx Wilmington Talk entitled Seeing Beauty to Save Our Global Garden, 2018 National Garden Clubs Award of Excellence, 2017 Distinguished Alumnus from the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Oklahoma State University, 2016 American Public Gardens Association Award of Merit, the International Garden Tourism Network’s 2015 Person of the Year, and 2015 American Horticultural Society’s Professional Award.