Director of Horticulture
DeLong-Amaya manages the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s gardens and is passionate about sharing the value of native plants in planned landscapes. A staff member since 1998 with over twenty years of experience in horticulture, she guides seven staff in the design and management of the gardens. She teaches classes in native plant horticulture and has contributed articles to several magazines, including Taunton’s Fine Gardening, Rodale’s Organic Gardening, the American Public Gardens Association’s Public Garden, Neil Sperry’s Gardens and e-Gardens.
She was a member of the design and construction team that recently the 4.5-acre Luci and Ian Family Garden at the 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 a vice president for the Native Plant Society of Texas for two years and is a leader in native plant horticulture with the American Public Gardens Association.