John Harrod works for the Delaware Nature Society (DNS) as the manager of the DuPont Environmental Education Center in Wilmington. In this position, he partners with community organizations and companies to increase visibility and financial support, administers educational programs and coordinates events. John previously served as the backyard habitat coordinator for DNS, helping individuals, schools and businesses create and manage outdoor spaces to promote wildlife habitat and improve water quality.

John has extensive experience in the field of public horticulture. He holds a master’s degree in public horticulture from the University of Delaware Longwood Graduate Program and a bachelor’s degree in urban and environmental horticulture from Texas A&M University. He has worked at several public gardens including the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas, where he contributed to their environmental stewardship efforts. He is also past president the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens Friends and the Delaware Native Plant Society.

While not working and contributing to the advancement of public horticulture, John enjoys hiking, photography, canoeing and other outdoor pursuits.