January 28, 2015


President Emeritus, American Horticultural Society; Vice President, America In Bloom Board of Directors.  USA

Making a Difference with the Disney Garden Experience

Katy Moss Warner is currently President Emeritus of the American Horticultural Society (AHS), a national, not-for-profit, member-based organization with a bold vision of “making America a nation of gardeners, a land of gardens.” Katy served on the AHS Board of Directors from 1992 – 2000 and then provided day-to-day leadership as President and CEO from 2002-2006 before being named President Emeritus.

Katy is also actively involved with America in Bloom (AIB), a national not-for-profit organization that promotes nationwide beautification through community involvement. She has judged cities for AIB in America and internationally since 2007. She is Vice President of the AIB Board of Directors and Chairs the AIB Symposium and Awards Program Committee.

Prior to becoming AHS President, Katy was Director of Disney's Horticulture and Environmental Initiatives at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. With a team of nearly 700, she was responsible for the landscapes of four theme parks, 15 resort properties and over 70 miles of roads on the 30,000-acre property. For 24 years - from 1976 to 2000 - she provided the leadership necessary to ensure that Disney's horticultural traditions of beautiful gardens and environmental responsibility were sustained in Florida. She started the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival in 1994 with her Disney Horticulture team and partnerships with colleagues in Florida and around the country.

Katy received the Agriculture Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Arizona, where she received a degree in landscape architecture in 1974. She was awarded the Longwood Fellowship in Public Garden Administration in 1974. In 2000, she was awarded a Loeb Fellowship in urban and community development in the Harvard School of Design. She has received numerous awards including the George Robert White Medal of Honor from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society; an Award of Excellence from the National Garden Clubs and the Margaret Douglas Medal for conservation education from the Garden Club of America. She went to Rome in 2008 to receive the Torsanlorenzo International Prize for the Environment. Katy is an Honorary Life Member in the Florida Nurseryman and Growers Association (FNGLA) and was given the Menninger Award from this organization for her work encouraging the use of flowering trees. In 2012 she was inducted into the FNGLA Hall of Fame. In 2014, she received the Industry Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Society for Horticultural Science.

Katy has traveled extensively hosting garden tours for the American Horticultural Society in Italy, France, England, Belgium, Czech Republic, Argentina, Morocco, Spain, New Zealand as well as many destinations within the USA. She most recently hosted a tour to the gardens of Normandy in September 2014.

Katy has been featured in numerous books, newspaper and magazine articles. She co-authored the book “The Gardens of Walt Disney World Resort.” She speaks regularly on various horticultural topics including the importance of quality landscapes to the vitality of communities.