Director of Horticulture
Andrea DeLong-Amaya manages the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s horticulture programs and is passionate about sharing the value of native plants in planned landscapes. A staff member since 1998 with nearly 30 years of experience in horticulture, she guides 15 staff in the design and management of 9 acres of native gardens, 275 acres of natural areas and a native plant nursery. She teaches classes in native plant horticulture and has contributed gardening articles to Taunton’s Fine Gardening, Rodale’s Organic Gardening, American Public Gardens Association’s Public Garden, Neil Sperry’s Gardens and e-Gardens, and Wildflower (the Center’s member magazine).
She was a member of the design and construction team that recently the 4.5-acre Luci and Ian Family Garden at the Wildflower Center. The Family Garden provides a fun, interactive and safe garden experience for families and incorporates environmentally sustainable landscaping approaches.
DeLong-Amaya received a bachelor’s in geography from The University of Texas at Austin, served as vice president of administration for the Native Plant Society of Texas for two years, and is a leader in native plant horticulture with the American Public Gardens Association.