Patrick Larkin served as Executive Director for Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden until August 2020. Larkin holds the Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture from Virginia Tech and the Master of Science degree in public horticulture administration from the Longwood Graduate Program of the University of Delaware.
Larkin began his career in public horticulture as a horticulturist at the Smithsonian Institution’s Enid A. Haupt Garden, where he honed his ornamental garden skills—including design, installation and collections management—raising the display quality of this nationally recognized showpiece garden.
He later served as Director of Horticulture and Operations at the American Horticultural Society’s headquarters, George Washington’s River Farm. Later, Larkin held positions as Executive Director of Green Bay Botanical Garden in Green Bay, Wisconsin, as Chief Executive Officer at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada, CA, and Executive Director of Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in Claremont, CA. He came to DSBG after having served as Senior Vice President of Gardens for Cheekwood in Nashville, TN.