Historic Preservation/Restoration

Field Session

FS-003 - A Day at Longwood Gardens: One of the World’s Great Gardens

Friday, October 19
7:30 AM - 5:00 PM


Pierre S. du Pont’s country estate is a masterpiece of organic landscape design with a rich legacy of stewardship and extraordinary beauty in its 1,083 acres of horticultural displays. Attendees will enjoy an expert-led walk of the grounds with behind-the-scenes access to production facilities. Explore the 86-acre meadow garden, 10-acre solar field, and the newly revitalized main fountain garden, all while learning about Longwoods’ commitment to design excellence, social integrity, sustainability, land stewardship, and preservation. This field session will include time on your own to enjoy all that Longwood has to offer.

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Jesse Forrester, ASLA

Landscape Architect
Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architects, Inc.

Jesse Forrester is a registered landscape architect at Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architects, Inc (JALA). He served as project manager for the Longwood Meadow Garden project throughout design and construction, coordinating the development of planting, hardscape details, bridges and pavilions. He's managed a range of other projects with JALA including the Ann B. Barshinger Cancer Institute, the University of Pennsylvania Ecological Landscape Stewardship Plan and numerous residential projects. Jesse loves figuring out details, seeing things get built and making the world a little more natural. He has a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Temple University.


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Matt Taylor

Director of Research and Conservation
Longwood Gardens

Matt Taylor is Director of Research and Conservation in the Horticulture Department at Longwood Gardens. He provides leadership for Longwood’s Research, Conservation, Land Stewardship and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Programs. He also teaches plant propagation in Longwood’s Professional Gardener and Continuing Education programs. He has Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from Penn State, Master of Science in Horticulture from the University of Florida and Ph.D. in Horticulture from North Carolina State University.


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Anne-Marie Crossan, PE

Longwood Gardens

Anne-Marie Crossan is the Director of Facilities Management at Longwood Gardens. Anne-Marie’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering, and a Master’s in Energy and Environmental Policy. She is a Licensed Professional Engineer and Certified Energy Manager. She has over 15 years in facilities experience at non-profit institutions. Her responsibilities at the Gardens include managing the Facilities trades staff for repair, replacement, maintenance and operations of Gardens’ systems and equipment, as well as display creation and installation support.


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FS-003 - A Day at Longwood Gardens: One of the World’s Great Gardens

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