The Royal Oak Foundation – Connecting with History

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Royal Oak Foundation

An experienced plant collector and knowledgeable horticulturalist, Marjorie G. Rosen serves as vice chairman of the board of the New York Botanical Garden. She is also a former board member of the Royal Oak Foundation, Marjorie G. Rosen traveled with the foundation to notable public and private gardens in the United Kingdom every summer.

A partner of the National Trust of England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, the nonprofit Royal Oak Foundation was founded in 1973. Over the course of its history, the foundation has raised more than $7.5 million for the National Trust for the restoration of significant properties and the protection of the coastline. Open to anyone with an interest in the art, history, and culture of the United Kingdom, the Royal Oak Foundation offers benefits like unlimited entry to many National Trust properties and hosts a number of programs domestically and abroad.

Domestically, the foundation presents lectures in 10 different cities nationwide, including San Francisco, Boston, and Philadelphia. With more than 800 lectures held over the past 44 years, they cover a variety of topics relevant to the National Trust. Members can also take part in specially-priced travel programs, and many international travel programs include house and garden tours to give members an up-close-and-personal view of National Trust properties.


New York Botanical Garden’s School of Professional Horticulture

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School of Professional Horticulture

An alumna of the University of Cincinnati, Marjorie G. Rosen was the president of Arts Britannia Ltd., a private UK-based company that coordinated fine arts tours and gave people access to the Queen’s silversmith workshop. Marjorie G. Rosen is also involved in the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) as the vice chairman of the board of directors and chair of the Horticulture Committee.

The NYBG is a 250-acre national historic landmark that contains over 1 million living plants organized in extensive collections. Founded in 1891, the garden welcomes more than 1 million visitors per year.

Apart from its appeal as a tourist attraction, NYBG is an educational institution that houses a school from which students can earn a two-year diploma in horticulture. The academic program was designed by professional botanists and horticulturists and aims to explore the different facets of the field. To complete the program, students are required to attend 639 hours of required study and must successfully pass the courses on horticulture, landscape design, and botany, as well as communications and business management.