ABOUT HOLLY

Holly H. Shimizu is a nationally recognized horticulturist, consultant, and educator. With a rich background in all aspects of public gardens, extensive experience leading garden tours and workshops, and a proven commitment to plant conservation and sustainability, she has been making plants and gardens more accessible and exciting to both professionals and amateurs for over four decades.

A well-respected leader in the world of public gardens and horticulture for over 30 years, Holly has tended and managed public gardens around the world and recently retired as the Executive Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden.  In 2015, she was recognized as one of the public horticulture industry’s most influential, inspirational, and pioneering individuals with The American Public Gardens Association (APGA)’s Honorary Life Member Award.  Holly was instrumental in developing the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) which provides professional standards for sustainability in landscape design and maintenance, and its residential counterpart, Landscapes for Life.  Often recognized as a host of the popular Victory Garden show on PBS, Holly lectures on a variety of topics and leads garden tours.  She has written for numerous publications, books, and magazines, and serves on several advisory councils and boards.  Read Holly’s complete bio here.

Read about what inspired Holly to pursue a career in horticulture, and later to focus on plant conservation and sustainability here.