Paul B. Redman is an award-winning leader of public gardens, known for his dedication to the beauty and sustainability of gardens, and to the training of future generations of horticulture professionals. A hallmark of Paul’s leadership is building a culture of planning to propel a shared vision forward. “His genius lies in his ability to get everyone across the organization—the Board, senior managers, and all Staff—actively involved and engaged in planning for the future,” shared Jane Pepper, President of Longwood Gardens’ Board of Trustees.
As the President and Chief Executive Officer of Longwood Gardens for the last 13 years, Paul has implemented institutional and strategic reforms that have positioned the Gardens as a premier horticultural, cultural, and educational institution of the 21st Century, while respecting the values of its founder, Pierre S. du Pont. The result has been nothing short of astounding with overall attendance doubling to almost 1.6 million visitors per year; an incredible climb in Membership support from 17,000 to 68,000 households; and earned income almost tripling – all in the last decade. Outside of the many free attractions, Longwood Gardens is the most visited public garden in North America and the most visited cultural attraction in Philadelphia.
Most recently and notably, Paul led one of largest projects in Longwood’s history: the $94 million revitalization of the Main Fountain Garden, which reopened in May 2017. Paul amassed a world-renowned team of design, engineering, and historic preservation professionals to ensure the faithful restoration, expert garden design, and adoption of innovative technologies created an awe-inspiring garden experience that has received international accolades.
Knowing horticulture is both art and science, Paul has worked to advance plant research and support smaller gardens in their mission by sharing best practices and lessons learned. He has also instituted groundbreaking initiatives to enhance accessibility to Longwood’s education programs via live, online distance learning. This first-of-its-kind program at a public garden has reached K-12 students in 35 states and in four countries. He has instituted groundbreaking educational initiatives and helped reimagine the Longwood Fellows Program, ensuring a solid foundation for the next generation of horticulture leaders.
A consummate professional, Paul freely shares his time and expertise, serving as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Garden Conservancy; Co-Chair for Seed Your Future, a national initiative to promote awareness and careers in horticulture; and previously serving as Board President and Treasurer of the American Public Gardens Association.
His honors include: 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; 2015 American Horticultural Society’s Professional Award; 2014 Wyck
Strickland Award; 2014 American Society of Horticultural Science’s Dr. William A. “Tex” Frazier Lecturer; 2012 CEO of the Year by the Chester County Chamber of Commerce, Business & Industry; 2008 Distinguished Horticulture Alumnus from Oklahoma State University; and where his professional career first began, Franklin Park Conservatory, receiving the Ann Islay Wolfe Award for extraordinary contributions to the organization.
Paul has been working and studying in the field of public horticulture for more than 25 years. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Science Degree in Horticulture from Oklahoma State University.