We're turning the orange spotlight on successful OSU alumni to share their experiences and expertise with the Cowboy Family!
This week's orange spotlight is OSU Ferguson College of Agriculture graduate Paul Redman, president and CEO of the Longwood Gardens in Philadelphia!
About the Longwood Gardens
Known as one of the world’s great gardens, the Longwood Gardens' story is one of legacy, innovation, and stewardship. It is a living expression of all that our founder, Pierre S. du Pont, found inspiring, meaningful, and beautiful. From the intricate fountain systems to the meticulous gardens to the architectural grandeur, awe-inspiring discoveries await at every turn.
About A Longwood Christmas
From towering trees that touch the sky to acres of twinkling lights, A Longwood Christmas makes your holiday oh-so-merry and bright.
This holiday season, experience all the traditions that make A Longwood Christmas so special. Inside, stroll among beautifully adorned trees and plant palettes of delicate winter whites to rich reds and the greenest of evergreens as you wrap yourself in a nostalgic Christmas morning scene. Engage your senses with fragrant lilies and paperwhites, and relish in the timeless beauty of Christmas favorites like poinsettias and kalanchoe woven throughout the Conservatory.
Outdoors, watch your family’s eyes sparkle at all the wondrous sights. Feel like a kid again with our whimsical Garden Railway and find magic within our shimmering tunnel of light. Right down to our cozy fire pits that not only warm the hands—but also the heart—a spirit of merriment, of joy, of time-honored happiness awaits you.
Just as our Gardens are a place of pleasure and respite, they are also a place of wellness and safety. Please honor the new visiting guidelines we’ve created in accordance with state and local regulations. It takes all of us to make our Gardens a world apart.
About Paul Redman
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.
As president and chief executive officer of Longwood Gardens for the last 14 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. While numbers aren’t the only measure of success, especially during this tumultuous time across the globe, Longwood’s growth as an economic engine, a cultural treasure, and a community supporter cannot be overlooked. Since Paul’s arrival attendance has doubled to almost 1.54 million visitors per year; Membership support increased from 17,000 to 73,000 households; and earned income has almost tripled. New community engagement programs have been created providing greater access; thousands of hours of staff time, talents, and annual funds have been donated to local and national organizations; and free virtual field trips have taught tens of thousands of children around the world. In May 2020, Longwood Gardens was still ranked the most visited paid public garden in North America and the most visited paid cultural attraction in Philadelphia.
A consummate professional, Paul freely shares his time and expertise, serving as the Leadership Cabinet 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 30 years. He received his bachelor of science degree and master of science degree in horticulture from Oklahoma State University.