Panayoti Kelaidis

Panayoti Kelaidis
Bio: 
Currently Senior Curator and Director of Outreach at Denver Botanic Gardens (DBG) where Panayoti has worked since 1980. Panayoti began his career as curator of the Rock Alpine Garden which is a signature garden at DBG: the showcase of thousands of plants from around the world, many introduced to horticulture by Panayoti through Plant Select of which he was one of the original architects. Panayoti has discovered many plants, three being plants of great horticultural beauty: Delosperma sphalmanthoides Hammer, Spiranthes diluvialis Scheviak, Moraea vigilans Goldblatt and Manning. He has explored much of North America including Mexico, the Andes in Chile and Argentina, Eurasia from Spain to Mongolia. He has travelled six times to South Africa—concentrating on the Drakensberg mountains and the Karoo. He has lectured in over 120 cities in 10 countries. He has received numerous honors including the Scott Medal of Swarthmore Arboretum and the Liberty Hyde Bailey award of the American Horticultural Society, both generally considered the top honors for horticulturists in the United States.

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