Kirk R. Brown

John Bartram Lives, Olmsted Lives|
Orefield, Pennsylvania

Kirk R. Brown has gardened since his Great Grandmother, Annie Jones, made him pick up a trowel and a tomato seedling while babysitting his four-year-old self. From those humble beginnings, in 2021, Kirk was named to the Hall of Fame for International Garden Communicators. Previously recognized by Pennsylvania Landscape and Nursery Association as a ‘Green Achiever,’ Kirk won ‘Outstanding Landscape Design Awards’ from Perennial Plant Association, Association of Professional Landscape Designers, and PA Landscape and Nursery Association. For twenty years, he represented Joanne Kostecky Garden Design as a leader in the design/build industry. He worked as National Outreach Coordinator for Magnolia Plantation, America’s Oldest Garden, in Charleston SC. He is a past president of after serving 20 years on its Board of Directors. He is a founding member of In the US and Canada, he has delivered hundreds of keynote addresses, guest lectures, teaching symposia, and certified instruction over the past quarter century. He has traveled the country and spoken internationally interpreting historic horticulturists and international dignitaries: John Bartram, Carl Linnaeus, Mark Catesby, Peter Kalm, Benjamin Franklin, and Frederick Law Olmsted. With it all, he and his wife, Sara, still find time to cultivate their own private display garden. Together they have become dedicated GRDNTRVLRS!