Empowering the next generation of horticulture professionals.
We will foster the next generation of diverse horticulture professionals. Each year, we recruit a class of fellows who engage in professional development and on-the-job training in parks, gardens, and public spaces. This program serves as a steppingstone for fellows into a leadership role within the horticulture industry. Upon completion, we will work with our partners and others to assist in securing fellows a leadership position in the horticulture field.
The Landscaping and Horticulture Industry
“The glory of gardening: Hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.”
– Alfred Austin
The Fellowship Program is open to Black, African-American, LatinX, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander individuals currently working in the landscaping, gardening, and horticulture industries with at least two years of field experience, but without a traditional degree. Additionally, it is open to recent associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree graduates. Individuals studying horticulture, environmental sciences, urban agriculture, or a closely related degree program are encouraged to apply.
The Fellowship Program is focused on supporting and empowering the community. Using local partners around Charleston and greater South Carolina, fellows will develop and hone their horticultural skills through immersive learning. Focus areas include garden design and planting, health and nutrition, STEM education, and using parks to create healthy thriving communities.
Fellows will participate in Professional Development & Leadership training courses designed to offer them a deeper understanding of their needs for future careers & goals. Courses may include project management, fundraising and development, nonprofit management, and finance and economics. Upon completion of their residency, the Conservancy and program partners will work together to assist the fellow in job placement in Horticulture.
We are proud to partner with the following organizations and businesses to provide vital training and leadership for the Community Horticulture Fellowship Program:
We are thankful to the following supporters for their dedication to this program: