Summer Field Trips

A valuable component of the first summer experience for all new Fellows is the field trip sequence. We are fortunate to live in a region that is rich with notable public gardens, arboreta, and other institutions of public horticulture. Their missions and collections are diverse, and becoming acquainted with their staff is an important first step in building a professional network. The Program Director selects five to seven regional institutions each summer and accompanies the new Fellows to these destinations to learn more about each site, its personnel, and its operations. These day-long field trips occur once a week throughout the summer. One Fellow is designated as the photographer, and one as the journalist, for each visit, giving every student a chance to do both over the course of the entire field trip experience. Photographers and journalists review their work with the Program Director, resulting in a selected group of images and refined report to communicate the experience. The reports and photographs are also posted on the Longwood Graduate Program Web site, the link for which is sent to each of the institutions. For past field trip reports, follow the links below:



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