Longwood Gardens’ Juergen Steininger named to the Board of Directors of the Hidden Gardens of Castle Keukenhof

Juergen Steininger, specialty grower at Longwood Gardens, has been appointed to the Board of the Hidden Gardens Foundation of Castle Keukenhof.

Estate Keukenhof is a romantic and beautiful garden with a historic castle situated in a 500-acre estate. Steininger is the first international appointment to the Board of Directors of the Hidden Gardens of Castle Keukenhof, a governing body within the Estate Keukenhof organization, which oversees the estate ground that consists of agriculture land, forests, waterways, formal and informal landscapes, as well as the show and trial gardens.

Steininger has been with Longwood Gardens since 2001, where he is responsible for under-glass and outdoor crop production. This includes growing a wide assortment of horticultural crops for use in the display gardens and conservatories, including spring bulb and pot crops such as hybrid lilies, tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, freesia and amaryllis, as well as pot crops including Meconopsis, Paeonia, and many others.

Prior to joining Longwood, Steininger was a product manager for Novartis and held horticulture roles with firms in Hawaii and Ohio. He holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Agriculture and a Master’s of Science Degree in Horticulture, both from Ohio State University.

The Hidden Gardens of Castle Keukenhof Foundation welcomes Juergen Steininger as its newest member to the Board of Directors. Steininger’s expertise for developing and implementing horticultural events at Longwood Gardens will ensure expansion of the Keukenhof organization’s calendar of special indoor and outdoor events.

About the Hidden Gardens of Castle Keukenhof

The story of Estate Keukenhof started over six centuries ago, when the grounds of De Keukenhof were in use as a kitchen garden for the local nobility; long before the present building itself was constructed. In fact, “kitchen garden” is the literal translation of Keukenhof. In the eighteenth century, the park was re-designed by the famous landscape architects Father and Son Zocher.

Recently, the castle with adjacent coach house and stables and other historic buildings were restored. It is our charge to preserve the beauty of the existing historic estate bestowed to us by Count Van Lynden. Estate Keukenhof wants to inspire people by offering a range of programs that include horticultural displays, fine art exhibitions, performances and education.

The world famous Flower Exhibition Keukenhof, which is also located on the premises, derives its name from the Keukenhof Estate. The Flower Exhibition is an annual showcase of the Netherlands horticultural industry. Additional Information at: http://www.verborgentuinenkasteelkeukenhof.nl

About Longwood Gardens
In 1906, industrialist Pierre du Pont (1870-1954) purchased a small farm near Kennett Square, PA, to save a collection of historic trees from being sold for lumber. Throughout his life, Mr. du Pont indulged his passion for gardening, turning his farm into a magnificent horticultural showplace. Today, Longwood Gardens is one of the great gardens of the world, encompassing 1,077 acres of gardens, woodlands, meadows, fountains, a 10,010-pipe Aeolian organ and a 4-acre grand conservatory. Longwood continues the mission set forth by Mr. du Pont to inspire people through excellence in garden design, horticulture, education, and the arts. Longwood Gardens offers a breadth of mission programming that includes exhibitions, musical performances by top artists, renowned horticulture education programs, horticulture research, environmental stewardship and cultural and community engagement.

Details at www.longwoodgardens.org.            

                                                                               

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