Leadership

Matt Rader

President

Matt Rader leads the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society into an exciting future as its 37th president. Matt grew up in Mercersburg, a small town in south central Pennsylvania, where he attended Mercersburg Academy, and was a frequent visitor to the Philadelphia Flower Show. He earned his BA in architectural history, which remains a personal passion, from the University of Virginia in 2001, and completed his MBA at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, with honors in 2011. Rader adopted Philadelphia as his home soon after college.

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Jenny Rose Carey

Director of PHS Meadowbrook Farm

Jenny Rose Carey is the Director of PHS Meadowbrook Farm. A renowned horticultural educator, historian and author, Jenny oversees the beautiful estate and garden center operated by PHS in Abington Township.

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Sam Lemheney

Chief of Shows & Events

Sam directs the planning and creation of the major events produced by PHS including the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, the largest flower show in the U.S. Sam is a judge for flower shows in Singapore, Japan and South Korea, and has judged the floats at the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif. He is an active member of the International Festivals and Events Association.

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Julianne Schrader Ortega

Chief of Programs

Julianne is PHS Chief of Programs, where she advances the organization’s key initiatives with a focus on successful implementation, collaboration within the organization, and management of partnerships vital to PHS. Julianne joined PHS in 2014 as Director of Gardening Programs.

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Lisa Stephano

Chief Marketing Officer

Under Lisa’s leadership, the marketing team consists of brand communications, creative services, social media, websites, advertising, ticket sales and promotions that attract revenues, attendees and new members to PHS.

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Jimmy Owens

Vice President, Business Development

As Vice President, Business Development, Jimmy is responsible for the team tasked with raising millions of dollars in corporate support for the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show and PHS programs such as Plant One Million, City Harvest, Pop Up Gardens, Tree Tenders, and the Neighborhood Gardens Trust, among others.

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