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American Public Garden Association Awards Public Horticulture Fellowship to University of California, Davis Student

Allyson Ayalon
Recipient of Hope Goddard Iselin Fellowship in Public Horticulture

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania (June 25, 2015) – The American Public Gardens Association (APGA), in partnership with the Garden Club of America (GCA), today announced University of California Davis (UC Davis) Masters student, Allyson Ayalon as this year’s winner of the prestigious GCA Hope Goddard Iselin Fellowship in Public Horticulture. The $5,000 fellowship was awarded during APGA’s 39th Annual Conference held in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota this week. 

Named for Hope Goddard Iselin, an early leader of the GCA, the Fellowship is granted to a graduate student enrolled in a university public horticulture program within the United States.  Currently a Master’s student of horticulture, Ayalon has also served as a curatorial assistant at the UC Davis Center for Plant Diversity.

“From studying fire ecology in the Sierra Nevada to collecting native seeds in Eugene, Oregon to supporting the curation of the California vascular-plant collection, Alyson truly embodies the mission of the Hope Goddard Iselin Fellowship - to further the study of public horticulture through experiential learning,” said Casey Sclar, Executive Director or the APGA. “We are proud to offer this award in partnership with the Garden Club of America to deserving students like Alyson.”

Co-hosted by the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, the 2015 APGA annual conference included more than 800 professionals from public gardens across the United States and more than 15 countries worldwide.

For information about the GCA fellowships and scholarships visit: www.gcamerica.org/scholarships

About the APGA Annual Conference
Co-hosted by the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, the 2015 APGA annual conference included more than 800 professionals from public gardens across the United States and more than 15 countries worldwide.

About the APGA
Founded in 1940, the APGA has evolved to be the premiere association for public garden advocacy, education, innovation, and leadership in North America. With 75 years of commitment to increasing cooperation and awareness among gardens, APGA has built a membership of more than 575 institutions located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, and 24 other countries. Its members include, but are not limited to, botanic gardens, arboreta, zoos, museums, colleges and universities, display gardens, and research facilities. The APGA is committed to increased awareness and advancement of public gardens as a force for positive change in communities through leadership, advocacy and innovation.  Visit www.publicgardens.org for more information.

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For more information:
Kate Tyrawski
Office Manager
American Public Gardens Association
ktyrawski@publicgardens.org
610-708-3012