Gerald Dieleman is the Senior Director of Horticulture at the Assiniboine Park Conservancy in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He is a landscape architect whose public garden experience includes Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, and the Royal Horticulture Society in the UK. Gerald is a University of Guelph Graduate and received his MSc in Public Horticulture as a Fellow in the Longwood Graduate Program at the University of Delaware. Gerald is board member of the Canada Garden Council and is Co-chair of the Program Selection Committee of the Annual Conference of the American Public Garden Association.
Prior to his role as Senior Director, Gerald was the Project Director for The Leaf at Assiniboine Park, Canada’s newest conservatory project. Gerald’s role as Senior Director is to work with stakeholders in developing and the operational succuss of the Leaf, Assiniboine Park Gardens, Assiniboine Zoo Horticulture, Interpretive elements showcasing horticultural displays, and planning for the long-term operational aspects of the gardens across the Park, Zoo, and Leaf. A key aspect of Gerald’s role is establishing The Leaf as a ‘must-see’ garden destination within Manitoba.
Founded in 2008, the Assiniboine Park Conservancy is a not-for-profit organization responsible for the operation of Winnipeg’s historic Assiniboine Park. The Assiniboine Park Conservancy (APC) is also responsible for establishing the future vision for the Park and Zoo and carrying out this transformation while protecting the Park’s cherished character and ensuring its long-term financial viability.