Scott McMahan, Atlanta Botanic Garden, USA

Scott was born and raised in Decatur, GA. He has a Bachelor's degree in English from Wofford College (Spartanburg, SC) and an Associate's Degree in Horticulture from Spartanburg Technical College. Scott was the propagator for a large wholesale grower for 5 years as well as the nursery manager at the Atlanta Botanical Garden for several years before opening his first nursery. In 2003, Scott left ABG to open a nursery business in north GA called McMahan’s Nursery.  In the fall of 2009, Scott helped to opened another retail nursery called Garden*Hood in downtown Atlanta. Between 2009 and 2016, Garden*Hood won multiple local awards including the “Best of the Big A” in the AJC and Creative Loafing’s “Best Garden shop”.He is now a full-time Manager of International Plant Exploration at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. With this new position, Scott oversees plant collection and evaluation at ABG as well as the creation of a visiting scholar program to promote the exchange of knowledge and plants with other botanical institutions around the world. Since 2001, Scott has taken nearly 20 overseas scouting and collecting trips for ABG to China, Vietnam, India, Taiwan, Bhutan and Mexico.

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