On Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at the National Tropical Botanical Garden’s Botanical Research Center at its headquarters on Kauaʻi, a bronze bust sculpture of NTBG President Chipper Wichman was unveiled in a ceremony attended by NTBG Trustees, Fellows, staff, volunteers, supporters, and friends. The bust was commissioned and donated by NTBG Trustee Emeritus Thomas S. Kenan III and created by sculptor J. Brett Grill of JBG Sculpture of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Mr. Kenan, an NTBG supporter for four decades, commissioned the bust to honor a lifetime of commitment, dedication, and accomplishments of Chipper Wichman and his wife and Executive Assistant Hauʻoli Wichman.
Chipper’s NTBG career began with an internship in 1976 at the urging of his grandmother Juliet Rice Wichman. Under the leadership of Chipper Wichman, the National Tropical Botanical Garden has grown to become a network of five botanical gardens and five preserves in Hawaiʻi and Florida with programs that fulfill the Garden’s mission of enriching life through discovery, scientific research, conservation, and education by perpetuating the survival of plants, ecosystems, and cultural knowledge of tropical regions. NTBG has come to be recognized around the world as a leader in rare plant discovery, conservation, research, and education.