Sharon Loving leads the Horticulture Department, which consists of over 120 full & part-time employees and 300 volunteers, who are responsible for producing and maintaining Longwood’s world-renowned horticultural display garden on over 1,100 acres. The Horticulture Department is responsible for all aspects of horticulture, land management, exhibits, and interpretation.
Sharon also leads the Programming Committee, an interdisciplinary cross-departmental team which develops annually changing thematic guest programs. She spearheads horticultural and aesthetic aspects of capital projects. She recently served in a primary leadership role for the Main Fountain Garden Revitalization Project.
Sharon has led the Horticulture Department for fifteen years and began her career in public horticulture in 1984 as a Senior Gardener in Indoor Display. Prior to her current position, she has held the position of Indoor Display Specialist, Display Foreman, and Floriculturist. She has served as a public spokesperson on nationally syndicated television programs, such as Good Morning America and the Today Show, and has participated in judging opportunities both at the Philadelphia Flower Show and the Tournament of Roses Parade.
In addition to her duties at Longwood, Sharon serves on the Garden Advisory Committee for Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Wilmington, Delaware; the Board of Directors and the Advancement and Nominating Committees for the Delaware Center for Horticulture; the Friends Advancement Committee for Anson B. Nixon Park; the Kennett Gateway Committee; and the Horticulture Program Advisory Committee for Williamson College of the Trades. Sharon has served on numerous peer review committees nationally. She holds an Associated Degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Greenhouse Management, and a Bachelor of Science in Management Studies, both from the University of Maryland. She was the recipient of the prestigious APGA Professional Citation Award in 2013.