Hi, I am Joe Parr and I am the Director of Horticulture at Busch Gardens. I have found inspiration in the outdoors and even as a kid I wanted to make plants grow. My college career started in biology at Radford finishing with a degree from The Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University-Blacksburg.
I interned with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in the historic area and at Carter’s Grove plantation. After graduation I worked with Walt Disney World’s Horticulture at their nursery production facility and for WDW Seminar Productions as well as on projects for Cypress Gardens and Sea World. After eight years in the commercial design build industry I came to work for Busch Gardens in 1992. Busch Gardens gives me the opportunity to share our incredible plant species and unique designs presented as they cannot be found anywhere else.