Courtney Allen is a gardens and museums professional specializing in lifelong learning. As Director of National Programs, Ms. Allen provides vision, strategy, and leadership for the American Horticultural Society’s signature initiatives, such as the Reciprocal Admissions Program that partners with 350 gardens to create greater access and learning for millions of visitors. She also develops new educational opportunities and resources, throughout the country and virtually, to strengthen and grow the organization’s audiences and impact.
Previous to her role at the American Horticultural Society, Ms. Allen led education at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Native Plant Trust, and The Huntington Gardens. Her expertise addresses adult and youth programming, site interpretation, landscape history, partnership building, digital learning experiences, and professional development training. She has presented and published with organizations such as the American Public Gardens Association, the American Alliance of Museums, the National Association for Interpretation, and the International Society for Landscape, Place, & Material Culture. Ms. Allen holds an MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Medieval Studies and Landscape Studies from Smith College.