Tuesday, May 21, 2013 (9:45 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.)

Horticulture I: Designing Beauty

“Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.”
– Ralph Waldo emerson
Immersion in beauty is the primary reason we spend time in gardens – to refresh the spirit, inspire the imagination, and restore the soul – and this has been true for thousands of years. Current trends with permanent gardens and seasonal installations have emphasized specific garden types including kitchen gardens, sustainable gardens, educational gardens, collection gardens, and native gardens. We need these so we can stay relevant and attract an ever-widening audience, but what about the inherent value in designing simply for the sake of beauty? Many guests visit gardens primarily to experience the intense beauty that gardens uniquely present. This session focuses on a variety of creative and artistic designs that integrate various themes but have beauty at their core.  Following a path of design concepts from the unique aesthetic value at Chanticleer Gardens, through an artful interpretation for a new children’s garden at Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens, to the everyday integration of horticulture, art, and beauty at Meijer Gardens, we will inspire a creative spirit for your garden!
Presenters:   Gary Smith, Landscape Architect, W. Gary Smith Design; Bill Thomas, Executive Director, Chanticleer Foundation; Kara Newport, Executive Director, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden; Steve LaWarre, Director of Horticulture, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.


Horticulture II: Charismatic Megafauna 

Megafauna are rascally rabbits and destructive deer running amok in your garden? Come hear about proven tactics implemented in many situations to keep deer, geese, rabbits, and rodents from ruining your display.  This session will address control tactics used by public garden professionals in a variety of environments and geographies to deal with a garden’s “largest” pest problems. Our panel of Horticultural IPM experts will discuss the challenges associated with mitigating these pests in highly public areas, whether they be in the conservatory or landscape. We’ll address the many unique challenges of public gardens here: public opinion, awareness, laws/regulations, urban/garden interfaces, and how accessibility can affect any strategies implemented. Whether you care for plants in a small area, or are concerned about hundreds of acres, your concerns will be covered in this session.
Presenters: Scott Creary, Integrated Pest Management Specialist and Display Horticulturist, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens; Mike Leventry, Integrated Pest Management Specialist, Longwood Gardens; Scott LaFleur, Director of Horticulture, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden; Brandi Eide, Collections Manager Agavaceae, Aloaceae, Non-Cactus Succulents, Desert Botanical Garden; Shane McGuire, Conservationist, Dawes Arboretum.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 (1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.)

Creating Sustainable Displays within Your Gardens that Can Be Recreated by Visitors in Residential Landscapes

Looking to create socially relevant garden displays that instill a sense of community connection and are ecologically and environmentally sustainable? Join us as we discuss the evolution of garden displays on our grounds that can be recreated within residential landscapes. Learn how these displays can benefit communities. As a destination to see current landscaping trends in action, public gardens are in the unique position to create garden displays focused on sustainability, balancing non-native with native plants, and attracting wildlife. By designing displays that are ecologically friendly and aesthetically pleasing around existing structures on the grounds, we can showcase scaled down, usable designs that help visitors envision such displays in their own landscapes. These displays not only educate and bring awareness about the environment, but also form a connection between the general public and the public garden. Together we will learn about creating a sense of community through garden displays that are greener, healthier, and fully functioning.
Presenters:  Peter Lowe, Native Landscape Manager, Dawes Arboretum; Greg Paige, Arboretum Curator, Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory; Margie Radebaugh, Director of Horticulture and Education, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens; Barbara Faust, Director, Smithsonian Gardens; Kathleen Salisbury, Team Leader of Education, Duke Farms.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 (8:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.)

Horticulture I: Mini Series

Succulents Reimagined

Longwood Shares its Secrets to Creating dynamic Seasonal displays with this Versatile Plant Group. Join this visual extravaganza demonstrating all aspects of design, creation, installation, and maintenance of intricate wall hangings, wreaths, arches, and tree forms using succulents. Materials and plant choices will be explained in great detail, including the best species and cultivars for these displays. A detailed handout, including a plant list, will accompany this dynamic and inspiring presentation. Participants will learn how to use succulents in innovative ways to create seasonal, colorful displays to educate and delight guests using this diverse group of plants. In addition, participants will learn the possibilities of using the same materials multiple times to achieve distinctive creations. You will want to take these ideas back to your garden and make them your own!
Presenter:  Kathryn McCullough, Senior Gardener, Longwood Gardens

The Transformation of Biome-based Exhibits

A road map to enriching semi-permanent collections with rotating ecoregion-themed displays.  Why be forced to choose when excellent plant collections can be maintained in display spaces that enrich the visitor with not only beauty, but quality educational information and cultural connections with unique regions around the world?  What are the approaches used when constructing new display spaces that one can take to allow the room to evolve from region to region over time? This knowledge can help drive attendance to your garden, providing new exhibits, without new construction. it also may help foster new relationships within communities and provide a platform for international collaboration. Participants will learn some of the techniques that are used at Phipps to maintain a 12,000 sq ft conservatory in a manner that allows for display regions to be changed every three years. regions covered so far include Thailand, amazon, and india, with an african exhibit in the planning phases. 
Presenter:   Ben Dunigan, Assistant Curator of Horticulture, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

Desert Rock Gardening

Take a look at the real potential for integrating plants and rocks in a desert rock garden. any visitor to arizona will notice the presence of rocks throughout the natural landscape and in gardens. Desert plants live among rocks. Some seem to grow from bare rock itself. rocks are an important component of desert gardening. They may cover more ground than plants do in a landscape. Dramatic use of boulders and rocks with character can define an entire bed. More than just ornaments, rocks offer horticultural benefits of shade and microclimate for small plants. They may be used to promote drainage or water collection, as well as functioning as mulch. Proper selection and usage of rocks can be just as important as plant selection when creating a great desert landscape.
Presenter:  Michael Chamberland, Director of Horticulture, Tucson Botanical Gardens.

Horticulture II: Evolution of Cultivated Plant names: An Exploration of the Codes of Nomenclature, Cultivar Registration, Plant Patents, and Trade Designation

APGA’s Plant Nomenclature & Taxonomy section realizes the need for knowledge about codes and laws affecting plant names, patents, and trade designations. This vital information furthers curation and management of horticultural collections. This session, led by experienced public garden representatives, will cover topics including the basics on the codes of nomenclature for wild and cultivated plants, the history of cultivar registration and the role registration authorities play in the use and promotion of proper cultivated plant names. it will also address how plant patents and trade names have changed the practice of naming and labeling plants, and how the study of molecular biology influences plant taxonomy and nomenclature in horticultural collections. a case study will be presented to demonstrate how having a greater understanding of these topics can assist with the day-to-day nomenclatural challenges that are faced when curating a living plant collection.
Presenters:  Natalie Iwanycki, Herbarium Curator and Field Botanist, Royal Botanical Gardens, Ontario; Michael Dosmann, Curator of Living Collections, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University; Todd Lasseigne, President and CEO, Oklahoma Centennial Botanical Garden; Richard Olsen, Lead Scientist for the Germplasm and Urban Tree Breeding Program, US National Arboretum; Raul Puente Martinez, Curator of Living Collections, Desert Botanical Garden ; Anthony Aiello, Curator and Director of Horticulture, Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 (10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)

Creating a Butterfly Exhibit: If You Build it, Will They come?

Should your garden invest in a butterfly display? This session will help you understand the roi and the specifics for creating a butterfly display that will greatly affect your visitor impact and ensure your guests will want to return again and again. Learn which butterflies are the best performers and the best environment for them. Presenters will describe the different species and how to select the best mix. Participants will get answers to such questions as: “Where do farmed butterflies come from?”; “Who are the best suppliers?”; and “What nectar plants must you have?” This presentation will also cover various topics including navigating the necessary permits and government inspection, enhancing your visitors’ experience with volunteer interpreters, as well as training tips.
Presenters:  Cynthia Druckenbrod, Director of Horticulture, Cleveland Botanical Garden; Tina Dombrowski, Horticulture Manager, Zoo & Conservatory, Como Park Zoo; Elaine McGinn, Director of Planning and Exhibits, Desert Botanical Garden; Gail Manning, Director of Education, Fort Worth Botanic Garden.


Wednesday, May 22, 2013 (1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.)

Horticulture Mini Series

Wish We Knew Then What We Know Now: The Challenges and opportunities of Garden Expansion After the Ribbon Cutting

Wish you knew the answers to the challenges of a new garden? Ever wonder what effect a master plan can have on your job as a horticulturist? An educator? a manager? Participants will learn how to tackle these challenges and evolve with everyone’s best interests in mind.  Our story: The Scott’s Miracle Gro Community Garden Campus, which was part of Franklin Park Conservatory and botanical Gardens master plan, has changed three years after the initial installation was completed. Everything from staffing, garden maintenance, design, collaboration between departments, classes, and utilizing volunteers are different from what we anticipated in 2009. a Designer and a horticulturist will both share their perspectives on the unexpected evolution of this new garden. Many challenges were faced and the focus 
for how the garden is used has changed, but by having a “go with the flow” attitude, a thriving garden that benefits other departments and the community was born.  One phase of the master plan may be completed, but the work continues as we strive to create a garden that reflects the needs of all those who utilize it.
Presenters:  Amanda Bettin, Designer, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens; Chase Williams, Lead Horticulturist, Scott’s Miracle Gro Community Garden Campus at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. 

The Lawn is Dead. Long Live the Lawn: The Evolution of Sustainable Grass Systems for Turf, Green roofs, Urban Meadows, and Roadsides

Don’t underestimate the power of grass. if designed ecologically, grassland systems – meadows, turf, even green roofs – can regenerate environmental and ecological function as well as provide the valued aesthetic component of our landscapes. The fifty million acres of turf grass lawns represent the primary irrigated crop in the united States absorbing up to sixty percent of potable water. lawns alone annually consume sixty-seven million pounds of pesticides, seventy million tons of fertilizer, and three hundred million gallons of gasoline, producing five percent of all air pollutants. This industrialization of landscape grass systems has evolved due to a specific and cultivated aesthetic expectation, availability of cheap water, fuel, and nutrients. and it is now perceived as a failing landscape feature.This presentation will cover how grass systems can offer multiple ecosystems services such as low water use and resource inputs, storm water retention, improved water quality, and other features. 
Several examples of sustainable grasslands uses like green roofs, urban meadows, roadsides, etc. will be highlighted.
Presenter: Mark Simmons, Director, Ecosystem Design Group, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 (2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.)

Re-Thinking the rose Garden

Anyone and everyone who wants to grow roses with more success and fewer chemicals will benefit from this session.  A rose is (not) a rose is (not) a rose. There are very specific hybridization efforts – many today are highly successful and many in the past produced really bad plants. by choosing (and being aware of) the right genetics, a more sustainable rose garden can be achieved.This session will helps guide the participants through new genetics coming to the market and their help towards a more sustainable rose garden without chemicals. Topics also include Earth-Kind research, Soil Management, and the new american rose Trials for Sustainability.
Presenter: Peter Kukielsk