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The Flower Show

PHS Announces Andrew Bunting as New Vice President of Horticulture

March 29, 2022

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March 29, 2022 – Philadelphia, PA – The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) is pleased to announce that Andrew Bunting will step into the newly-created role of Vice President of Horticulture.  

This new leadership role will allow Mr. Bunting to  utilize his multifaceted horticultural knowledge to advance PHS’s mission and impact priorities in becoming the sole chief subject matter expert on ornamental horticulture in charge of  maintaining high standards of horticultural integrity across the organization. He will be  PHS’s representative with external organizations involved in ornamental horticulture such as arboreta, gardening and plant societies, and public gardens. 

In this role, Mr. Bunting will  instill the PHS ethos of “Gardening for the Greater Good,” leading the utilization  of planting, design, and maintenance to promote environmentally sound gardening practices. He will also serve as a key adviser for design and plantsmanship in PHS’s Public Gardens and Landscapes network, the Philadelphia Flower Show, and the Gold Medal Plants Program. 

“Over his time at PHS, Andrew has proven to be a visionary horticulture and gardening expert. We are grateful for his expertise to help guide the future of PHS’s work by serving as a trusted advisor. His talent will influence our thought leadership in the region and help direct our gardens to make sure they reflect the high level of excellence in design and environmental impact that the organization is known to have” said Matt Rader, PHS President.  

Mr. Bunting joined the PHS team in 2020 as Vice President of Public Gardens and Landscapes. In his previous role, Bunting oversaw the administration and operations of PHS’s network of public gardens and landscapes throughout the Philadelphia region. Notable sites under his purview included iconic locations in Philadelphia such as Logan Square, the Rodin Museum, The Philadelphia Navy Yard, The Philadelphia Museum of Art and PHS Meadowbrook Farm, a free public garden located in Abington Township, just 20 minutes from Philadelphia. Under his leadership, PHS re-imagined its design and operational practices in all of its gardens and landscapes, pushing the boundaries of creativity, beauty, and ecologically sound practices. 

“I’m thrilled to move into this newly created role where my passion for horticulture and gardening will help to shape the public landscape of the region and provide guidance and inspiration for people who are interested in gardening, and the impact horticulture can have on the world,” said Andrew Bunting, PHS Vice President of Horticulture. 

Prior to arriving at PHS, Mr. Bunting worked at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Chicago Botanic Garden, Chanticleer Garden, and had a tenure of 27 years at the Scott Arboretum.  

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), an internationally recognized nonprofit organization founded in 1827, plays an essential role in the vitality of the Philadelphia region by creating healthier living environments, increasing access to fresh food, growing economic opportunity, and building deeper social connections between people. PHS delivers this impact through comprehensive greening and engagement initiatives in more than 250 neighborhoods; an expansive network of public gardens and landscapes; year-round learning experiences; and the nation’s signature gardening event, the Philadelphia Flower Show. PHS provides everyone with opportunities to garden for the greater good as a participant, member, donor, or volunteer. For information and to support this work, please visit PHSonline.org.