In-Conference Tours and Events

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

APGA Professional Section Meetings
Path to Networking and Professional Engagement

Time: 2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

APGA Professional Sections are focused groups providing a variety of networking and information sharing opportunities for APGA members.

These opportunities to interact include Professional Development Symposia, contributing articles to Public Garden (APGA’s flagship publication) and the creating an online resource center. Sections also may take on special projects. All attendees are welcome to participate in any of the following Section meetings:

  • Education Section
  • Emerging Professionals
  • Horticulture, Greenhouses, & Facilities Section
  • Marketing & Communications Section
  • Plant Collections Section
  • Plant Conservation Section
  • Technology and Innovation Professional Section (TIPS)
  • Volunteer Management Section

Opening Reception

Time: 4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Hyatt Regency Columbus
Fee: Free for conference registrants
Guest Fee: $25 Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served

Join us for an authentic Columbus welcome as we kick off Garden Paths 2012. This event is a fun and festive way to meet and network with your colleagues from across the country and beyond. This event also kicks off the opening of the Exhibit Hall. Come and interact with our vendors whose products and services benefit public gardens. You don’t want to miss this favorite conference event!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Sentinel Plant Network (SPN) Forum

Time: 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
All current and prospective SPN members are invited to attend this meeting to compare notes about their involvement in the Network and participate in a forum discussion that will inform the development of new SPN resources. For more info, contact SPN Manager Daniel Stern:

Moderator: Daniel Stern, SPN Manager

Optional APGA Professional Section Meetings

Time: 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

NAPCC Oak Curatorial Group Meeting

Time: 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Greg Payton, Coordinator

NAPCC Magnolia Curatorial Group Meeting

Time: 11:30 a.m - 12:45pm
Andrew Bunting, Coordinator

Special Lunch Session: Does Your Garden Stack Up? Key Benchmarking Data You MUST Know! Powered by Altru™

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Fee: Included in registration
Location: Hyatt Regency Columbus
Presented by Jay Odell, Vice President and General Manager, Altru

Does your garden stack up to your peers and other cultural organizations? Join us as we dig into powerful benchmarking stats relevant to your botanical garden and examples of what you can do to improve as early as tomorrow!

Are your donation averages for visitors and members on track with those of your peers? Are you capturing all the revenue you can from your members and constituents? Are all of your fundraising events as effective as they could be? Is your membership acquisition and retention where it needs to be?

We’ll explore best use cases on how you can develop and strengthen your garden’s fundraising and membership efforts, identify areas of your business you could improve relative to your peers, and help you prioritize and focus.

Special Lunch Session: Paths to IMLS Support for Public Gardens

Time: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Fee: Included in registration
Location: Hyatt Regency Columbus
Presenters: Connie Bodner, Office of Museum Services at IMLS; David Michener, Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum at the University of Michigan; Mark Weathington, JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University at Raleigh; Kimberlie McCue, Desert Botanical Garden

As one primary source of federal support for the nation’s museums, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) can support public gardens of all types and sizes in their work to connect people to living collections-related information and ideas.

Funding is available for research, education, programs, conservation, collections stewardship, professional development, and to build an institution’s capacity. The path to a successful grant may seem arduous at first, but when viewed as a point-to-point hike, it’s very doable.

We’ll not only demystify the application process in this session, but also provide practical hints for writing a successful proposal. Panelists will represent the vantage points of an agency program officer, successful grantees, and experienced IMLS proposal reviewers. A sneak peek at what’s new in FY2013 will be given and there will be plenty of time for discussion and Q&A.

Leadership Forum: Finding Your Mentor, or “Reverse” Mentor

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Location: Hyatt Regency Columbus
Fee: $5, includes refreshments
Moderator: Bill Thomas, Chanticleer Foundation

Join emerging and established professionals in an interactive roundtable gathering on leadership. What do today’s emerging leaders need from their mentors to grow? What knowledge and skills are today’s established leaders looking for (and learning) from the up-and-coming future leaders of public horticulture? Come and hear the answers. This special forum is open to everyone to allow leaders at all levels the opportunity to connect and engage.

Special Session: Less Is More– Could This Be the Key to Successful Gardening?

Time: 3:15 p.m.-4:15 p.m.
Location: Hyatt Regency Columbus
Fee: Included in registration.
Presenter: Adrian Bloom, Chairman, Blooms Nurseries Ltd.

In his new book, Bloom’s Best Perennials and Grasses published by Timber Press, Adrian Bloom singles out some of the most reliable perennials and grasses and shows how they can be used to create dramatic combinations for year-round gardens, together and with woody plants. Part of his lecture will focus on less is more as being a way to success with “less” being as few as twelve key plants. He will show how several garden designers have used perennials and grasses in many parts of the world.

In-Conference Event: Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Garden
Tour and Reception

Time: 4:30 p.m - 7:00 p.m.
Fee: Included in registration Guest: $30

We invite you, APGA colleagues, to discover one of Columbus’ premier botanical landmarks, a city refuge, event venue, education facility, and more. Situated in an eighty-eight-acre urban park just two miles east of downtown Columbus, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens houses diverse plant collections, art collections, and special exhibitions, with seasonal horticultural displays both indoors and out.

Wander the grounds at your own pace, or let us guide you through an extraordinary summer afternoon at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

Explore exotic indoor plant collections and biomes of various global climates. Take your time strolling through the Pacific Island Water Garden, a haven for the hundreds of exotic butterflies that are released daily as part of the nineteenth annual Blooms & Butterflies exhibition. You’ll notice a favorite resting place for butterflies is the stunning Sunset Tower by glass artist Dale Chihuly. A signature collection of Chihuly’s work is interspersed among plant collections throughout the Conservatory, with a working glassblowing Hot Shop interpreting Chihuly’s art through daily demonstrations.

The Little Garden Club of Columbus, a member of The Garden Club of America, will present a sanctioned flower show. On Parade – Public Gardens of Columbus will fill the Grand Atrium with sights and scents in horticulture, flower arranging, and photography.

More than forty species of palms are housed in the John F. Wolfe Palm House. Built in 1895, the Palm House is considered a “jewel of Columbus,” and is the site of many weddings and private events each year.

If it’s been a while since your last visit, you’ll enjoy new spaces recently completed as a part of the Conservatory’s Master Plan. The Brides Garden, Veridian, and two rooftop gardens completed in 2008 have made the Conservatory a favorite gathering place in Columbus. Not even one-year old, the new support greenhouse in the southeast corner of the park provides horticulturists with 9,200 square feet of new space.

As your tour continues outdoors, walk through the Ohio Daylily Hybridizer’s Garden as it approaches full bloom, and the adjacent, newly added Conifer and Ornamental Grass collection. As you make your way around the building, you’ll notice the annual and perennial trials gardens, and multiple art installations including Navstar, a sculpture that has become a Columbus landmark.

Built in 2009, the four-acre ScottsMiracle-Gro Community Garden Campus serves as a living classroom and inspirational resource for gardeners and educators, and will provide an unmatched ambiance for you to enjoy cocktails and appetizers. Stroll the fruit espalier, berry house, and culinary and herb gardens showcasing edible landscape design. Relax in the traditional rose, medicinal, and fragrance gardens. Learn about the Conservatory’s active community gardening program, “Growing to Green”, and culinary programs held at the Live Fire Cooking Theater and in the AEP Education Pavilion. Visit with staff from the American Community Gardening Association, whose headquarters is located in the Chase Community Garden Center.

Dinner Event

Time: 7:00 p.m - 9:00 p.m. Fee: $55 Guest: $95

The evening continues with an al fresco dinner on the Conservatory’s Grand Mallway. Mingle with friends and colleagues, and take your seat for a family-style, casual dinner celebrating Ohio’s harvest. As the sun goes down, the John F. Wolfe Palm House slowly lights up with artist James Turrell’s vibrant LED installation, Light Raiment II, 2008. Top off your evening with dessert and a coffee bar on the West Terrace.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

NAPCC Members Forum

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Presenters: Pam Allenstein, NAPCC Manager; Chris Carmichael, NAPCC Committee Chair; Kris Bachtell, NAPCC Committee Vice Chair

All NAPCC collections holders, recruiter/mentors and reviewers are invited to attend this annual meeting. Join the open forum discussion to share the latest about your NAPCC collections and discuss program developments. For more info, contact NAPCC Manager Pam Allenstein: or 610.708.3015.

Special Session: Student Research Presentations

Time: 2:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Moderator: Vikram Krishnamurthy, Center for Public Horticulture

This session is devoted exclusively to research findings presented by undergraduate and/or graduate students. It will consist of five 15-minute presentations and is intended to encourage discussion and facilitate the exchange of current, research-based information that pertains to public horticulture. This session also provides a forum through which students at universities and public horticulture institutions can gain public speaking experience in a professional environment and serves as another opportunity for professionals to meet their rising peers.

Special Session: Succession Professional Mixer and Poster Session

Time: 3:15 pm – 4:00 pm

Succession Professional Mixer and Poster Session—Meet the future of public horticulture! Attend THE networking session for public horticulture professionals, featuring the students and professionals whose ideas and enthusiasm are driving the public garden world in the twenty-first century. Light refreshments served. Be sure to bring a good supply of business cards! Hosted by the Longwood Graduate Program Alumni Association and the Longwood Graduate Program. Special thanks to Vikram Krishnamurthy of the Center for Public Horticulture and the APGA Emerging Professionals Section for handling Poster Session logistics.

In-Conference Event: The Ohio State University Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens
Tour and Reception

Time: 3:45 p.m. - 6:30p.m.
Fee: Included in registration Guest fee: $30

The Chadwick Arboretum’s staff and volunteers invite APGA conference attendees to celebrate the first day of summer in a diverse and colorful urban garden while enjoying locally crafted beverages, abundant appetizers, and tours of the Learning Gardens.

Special guest Adrian Bloom, Chairman, Blooms Nurseries Ltd., will provide an overview of the 5,500-square-foot mixed perennial garden that he designed for the Arboretum in 2005; OSU Emeritus Professor Steve Still, author of Manual of Herbaceous Ornamental Plants, will be on site to talk about the Perennial Plant Association’s plant picks that are featured in the gardens; several OSU arboriculture graduates will provide tree-climbing demonstrations and talk about caring for heritage trees; and OSU Extension Horticulture Educator Jim Chatfield will provide an overview of the Tree Benefits Calculator to estimate the annual economic value of the environmental services that your trees are providing.

The Learning Gardens provide an outdoor learning laboratory for many departments at Ohio State, and have been voted the most colorful gardens to tailgate among Big Ten schools. In addition to several pocket gardens featuring wildflowers, dry shade plants, wet shade plants, and Ohio Nursery Landscape Association plants, the Learning Gardens feature Annual Plant Trials with over seven hundred cultivars, an Earth Kind rose garden, and a horticulture therapy garden. The USDA Ornamental Plant Germplasm Center (OPGC) is adjacent to the Learning Gardens and will be open for tours during your visit. The Learning Gardens will showcase the Year of the Begonia in 2012 in collaboration with the OPGC.

The sixty-acre Chadwick Arboretum & Learning Gardens was established in 1981 and includes a diverse collection of woody and herbaceous plants in three locations on the campus of the Ohio State University in Columbus. Our namesake, Lewis C. Chadwick, was a long-time professor in the horticulture department and was known for his work collecting and producing cultivated landscape plants from throughout the world. A substantial Taxus collection was established by Professor Chadwick at our sister arboreta, the OSU Secrest Arboretum in Wooster, Ohio.

Just across the street from the Learning Gardens is our fourteen-acre Lane Avenue Gardens featuring a phenology research garden with an eighteen-foot sculpture of a praying mantis, a collection of hostas, an assortment of evergreens, deciduous trees and shrubs, and a Chartres-style labyrinth. Be sure to visit our founder’s rock that features a planting of Taxus media ‘Chadwickii’—named for Professor Chadwick.

Our newest and largest area features a collection of one thousand trees native to Ohio representing one hundred twenty species, a three-and-a-half-acre pond, a willow collection, and our operations site.

Director's Dinner

(Executive Directors and Spouses/Partners Only)
Time: 4:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Fee: $25 for conference registrants
Guest fee: $125

Experience a sumptuous progressive dinner in a neighborhood located a short distance from Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.

Join your fellow directors and their guests on a leisurely stroll down shady tree-lined streets to the lovely gardens and historic homes of three close Conservatory friends. Travel back and forth through history—from 1927 to 1914 to 1942—all while enjoying period cocktails and an elegant three-course meal.

Please join us for a relaxing evening dining experience and conversation at this favorite annual gathering.

Friday, June 22, 2012

APGA Professional Sections Lunch
Path to Networking and Professional Engagement

Time: 2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

APGA Professional Sections are focused groups providing a variety of networking and information sharing opportunities for APGA members.

These opportunities to interact include Professional Development Symposia, contributing articles to Public Garden (APGA’s flagship publication) and the creating an online resource center. Sections also may take on special projects. All attendees are welcome to participate in any of the following Section meetings:

  • College and University Garden Section
  • Design and Planning Section
  • Development and Membership
  • Green Buildings and Landscapes Section
  • Historic Landscapes Section
  • Native Plants Professional Garden Section
  • Plant Nomenclature & Taxonomy Section
  • Small Gardens Section

Lunch is provided in these meetings.

Special Session: International Garden Collaborations Forum

Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Moderator: Dr Peter Wyse Jackson
Presenters: Oren Ben Yosef, Jerusalem Botanical Garden; Julian Duval, San Diego Botanic Garden; William Cinea, Cayes Botanic Garden; and Jim Farley, Leichtag Foundation

The world is a garden and international collaboration is key. This special forum will highlight some present-day collaborations between national and international gardens: Missouri Botanical Garden’s involvement in the Madagascar Project, the San Diego Botanic Garden’s partnership with Jerusalem Botanical Garden, and the international effort to establish a national botanic garden in Haiti. This session will include open discussion on why gardens should consider such collaborations, how to develop them, and lessons learned. Garden staff currently engaged in or considering international partnerships should plan to attend and share their experience.

In-Conference Event: The Dawes Arboretum
Tour and Reception

Time: 3:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Fee: Included in registration Guest fee: $30

Take in a view from the treetops during the final APGA 2012 gathering. An opportunity to explore the gardens, the ambience of kinetic artwork, the option of an all-American inspired meal, and lively entertainment fuse together within the stunning eighteen hundred acres of The Dawes Arboretum.

We invite you to share in the passion and accomplishment that began in 1929 and today offers over 1,800 acres of meticulously maintained plant and tree collections. Born from a love of trees and nature, the arboretum honors its founders’ vision by providing education in horticulture, history, and the natural world.

We are honored to show you around our grounds including some nationally recognized collections. Of our fifteen thousand collection plants, forty-five hundred are unique names and include collections that are part of our continued participation with the North American Plant Collections Consortium (NAPCC).

The Dawes Arboretum is a proud participant in NAPCC. We are currently recognized as a partner in the multi-institutional Acer collection. Our Metasequoia collection is both genetic and taxonomic and our newest NAPCC addition is our Aesculus taxonomic collection.

Other notable collections and areas include the exceptionally landscaped Conifer Glen with miniature, dwarf, compact, intermediate, and full-size specimens; our serene Japanese Garden designed in 1963; Azalea Glen with stunning colors and views; an extensive holly collection; our 2,040-foot-long Hedge Lettering which can be viewed by climbing the thirty-six-foot Outlook Tower; historic Daweswood House museum and gardens; the diverse ecosystem presented in our Dutch Fork Wetlands; and finally, our continued work to preserve and showcase native plants which are abundant throughout our strikingly wellmaintained grounds.

Dinner Event

Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Fee: $55 for registrants
Guest fee: $95

Attend our dinner to discover the hidden beauty of our world and unwind from your conference-minded week. This dinner is designed in true Dawes fashion—full of wonder and surprise around every corner and with the same sense of openness and accessibility that we offer our community.

Start the evening with drinks and an unexpected variety of appetizers while observing as many plants and trees as you can—of the more than fifteen thousand recorded collection plants on our grounds! We hope you’ll take pleasure in some pre-dinner activities and make yourself at home in our gardens and natural areas. Experience professional tree climbing as you have the opportunity to ascend into the branches, or watch from the ground as friends and colleagues endeavor to reach the treetops. After, stay and dine within the beauty of our gardens. Savor all-American cuisine with a creative twist while being entertained.

We encourage you to walk a mile on our garden paths, or just gather together for a casual evening of delicious fare and unique activities. We present you, our APGA colleagues, with a customized view of our expansive grounds as you experience our world, our achievement, our vision.