Susan Morgan holds degrees in horticulture from the University of Tennessee, including her M.S. in public horticulture. Her thesis research evaluated the long term effects of a horticultural program for youth at risk at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in New York, and was published in the Journal of Environmental Education. She presented her research at the 6th International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens at the University of Oxford in England and the American Society for Horticultural Science annual conference in Las Vegas.


As senior horticulture manager overseeing the daily operations and maintenance of the gardens at the Dallas Arboretum, Susan was inspired to more closely connect people with the restorative benefits of plants and nature. She completed her horticultural therapy certificate from the Horticultural Therapy Institute (HTI) & Colorado State University and an international diploma in botanical garden education from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in England. She honed her practice at the Chicago Botanic Garden and Dallas Arboretum.


Susan has delivered therapeutic horticulture, educational, and vocational programming in different settings for a variety of audiences, including adults with dementia, resettled refugees, individuals with developmental disabilities, young men incarcerated at a boot camp style jail, those facing illness and other life challenges, horticulture industry professionals, and the general public. As owner, horticulturist, and practitioner at The Horticultural Link, LLC, Susan engages and (re)connects people with plants and the natural world through her programs, horticultural goods, public speaking, consulting, writing, and photography. She is a recipient of the American Horticultural Therapy Association's Alice Burlingame Humanitarian Service Award and the Perennial Plant Association's Young Professional Award. 


A former assistant gardening editor at Scripps Networks Interactive, Susan's writings and photography have been featured on the HGTV and DIY websites, as well as in the AHTA Magazine and The Senior Voice. (Take a look at her article about Celebrity Roses, featuring quotes from celebrities who have roses named after them.) Susan blogs about the people-plant connection, gardening topics, and TH activities at her award winning blog eatbreathegarden.com, as well as the Horticultural Therapy Institute.


Gardening in North Texas since 2006, Susan enjoys experimenting with growing veggies and herbs in the Texas climate by tending garden beds at home with her children. She also likes to spend time with her family, take her dogs on doggie playdates, research family history, and shop for antiques, pewter, and other cool finds at thrift stores, yard sales, and flea markets.


Highlights...


2016 co-recipient of the Publication Award from the American Horticultural Therapy Association


2014 recipient of the Alice Burlingame Humanitarian Service Award from the American Horticultural Therapy Association


Presenter at the American Horticultural Therapy Association annual conference in Portland, Oregon in October 2015, Mind in Motion at Belmont Village Senior Living in April 2016, Keep Coppell Beautiful seminar in March 2016, and Dallas County Master Gardeners in September 2016.


Developed, implemented, and taught vocational horticulture certificate program for resettled refugees from Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Congo, Sudan, Ethiopia, Liberia, and Bhutan, and others from the Dallas area at the Dallas Arboretum.


Collaborative programs with Meaningful Moments and youth summer camp at the Dallas Museum of Art in June 2015; Catholic Charities of Dallas Refugee and Empowerment Services in July 2015, March 2016, and August 2016, & more.

2015 sponsor of the Cedar Valley College Sustainability Conference in Lancaster, Texas.


Featured in several issues of the American Horticultural Therapy News Magazine, including original photography (Winter 2016, Fall and Summer 2015), a book review (Winter 2015), and original article and photography on "The Benefits of Nature Walks" (Summer 2014).


Program on therapeutic horticulture for youth summer camp at the Dallas Arboretum in June 2014.


CBS DFW Channel 11 Earth Day 2014 garden program at Windsor Senior Living in Dallas, Texas.


Holds a certificate in Non-Profit Management from the University of Tennessee and Historic Landscape Institute certificate from the University of Virginia and Monticello.

About Susan Morgan


One might say that tending plants and the earth are in Susan's blood. With her horticulturist father, she regularly visited botanical gardens and out-of-the-way plant nurseries on family vacations. Family pictures were often centered around the blooming doublefile viburnum in their backyard or the Peter Rabbit statue during their annual trek to Kingwood Center, a public garden in Ohio. In fact, Susan started her horticultural career as a child model showing off the scale of a "giant" hosta in a photo prominently featured in her father's presentations.

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