Eric Tschanz led Powell Gardens, Inc. as President and Executive Director for 29 years. As Director Emeritus of Powell Gardens, Eric was honored with an Honorary Life Member award from the American Public Gardens Association (APGA). During Eric’s career at Powell Gardens, he implemented the first two phases of the Gardens’ master plan. He helped grow the gardens from a staff of 15 to 52, and led the organization in endowment development and major and planned gift capacity building. In 2008 he completed a $9,000,000 campaign and the construction of the new Heartland Harvest Garden – the largest edible landscape in the country.
Eric completed his B.S. in Horticulture at The Ohio State University, became a Fellow in the Longwood Program at the University of Delaware and Longwood Gardens, and graduated in 1977 with a Master’s degree in Botanic Garden Management. He is an Honorary member of the Garden Club of America – Westport Garden Club and serves on the Board of Deep Roots.