Chipper Wichman

President, Chief Executive Officer, and Director

National Tropical Botanical Garden

Spent early career developing Limahuli Garden:

  • Obtaining a Special Subzone designation in the Conservation District for the entire Limahuli Valley
  • Restoring ancient taro terraces
  • Developing a collection of rare and endangered native Hawaiian plants
  • Opening the garden to educational tours
  • Adding the 989-acre Limahuli Preserve

Subsequently Limahuli was named the Best Natural Botanical Garden in the United States by the American Horticultural Society.

  • Through numerous grants, able to fund extensive native habitat restoration work in the Limahuli Preserve, which continues today.
  • In addition to work in conservation and education, led efforts to perpetuate and preserve native Hawaiian culture:
    • Spearheaded a four-year Indigenous Communities Mapping Initiative Project at Limahuli which focused on researching and documenting traditional cultural knowledge and land use relationships and perpetuating traditional practices within the native community.

Brought renewed focus to NTBG’s conservation and horticulture efforts and a greater appreciation of the native Hawaiian culture. Under his leadership, NTBG built its fourth building at the headquarters campus, a major research facility which has received wide attention for its “green architecture,” and has undertaken a multi-year plan for improvements to the McBryde Garden.

Degree: B.A., Horticulture Technology, University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, 1983
Graduate: Horticulture Training Program, National Tropical Botanical Garden, 1977

Chipper Wichman
11200 SW 8th St, ECS 253
Miami, FL 33199



FIU International Center for Tropical Botany