Chunying Ling, a native of Beijng, China, developed her interests in plants at an early age. She formed a strong passion for plant conservation, especially for orchids, during her work and study experience. After graduating from Huazhong Agricultural University, she worked at Beijing Botanical Garden as a research assistant in the Orchid House in charge of orchid propagation. She studied at Beijing Forestry University, where she earned a master degree of agriculture, and traveled to many places for ornamental germplasm investigation. These experiences helped her to better appreciate why the great plant explorer E. H. Wilson described China as the mother of Gardens, since it is such great plant resource in the world.
In 2010, she completed the yearlong International Training Program at Longwood Gardens with a focus on orchid events. She has volunteered extensively at such places as Beijing Botanical Garden, the 7th China Flower Expo, the Philadelphia Flower Show, the Delaware Center for Horticulture, and the 2011 APGA Conference. Like a smile, she believes that with horticulture, you get more when you share more.
In the future, Ling seeks to improve the plant conservation efforts in China, as well as other countries, since she believes plant conservation is not only a branch of public horticulture, but also a formidable undertaking for the entire world. She believes the Longwood Graduate Program’s unique resources and opportunities will significantly aid her in fulfilling her dreams..
Student Position: Interview Period & Graduation Dinner Leader, Environmental Impact Co-Leader
Board Position: The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania