Path to Horticulture

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Exhibit Design: How Does Your Garden Grow?

Exceptional gardens provide exceptional visitor experiences.

This presentation will give an overview of what public gardens across the United States are doing to optimize their horticultural displays by creating experiences that are engaging and unexpected. Six to seven outstanding garden displays and exhibits will be highlighted in this fast paced ninety-minute session. The garden projects are both small and large, and represent projects that were developed in-house as well as with outside designers.

Presenters: Elaine McGinn, Desert Botanical Garden; Catherine Hubbard, Albuquerque BioPark/Rio Grande Botanical Garden; Sarah Reichard, University of Washington Botanic Gardens; Cathleen Hunt, Atlanta Botanical Garden; Brittany Guerra, Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens; and Tres Fromme, 3 Fromme Design, Bonnie Roche, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens; Dennis Meyer, Portico Group

The How of the Wows II

Public gardens are continually searching for exciting and innovative ways to expand their audience and attract more visitors.

If you want to learn, first-hand, how other gardens have developed, planned, and installed exciting and innovative plant-based displays, come to this session. You will
learn how these gardens have leveraged existing plant collections, partnered with industry professionals, and harvested their staffs’ creativity to create displays to expand their audience. 

Presenters: Jim Harbage, Longwood Gardens; Amanda Bettin, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens; Margarie Radebaugh, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens; and Cynthia Druckenbrod, Cleveland Botanical Garden, and Jonathon Wright, Chanticleer Foundation.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Save Your Ash! Emerald Ash Borer Management Strategies and the Influence Public Gardens Have on Municipal and Residential Decision-Making

Don’t fear the Green Reaper!

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is laying waste to the urban forest, and public gardens need to take charge with recommendations for managing ash trees throughout North
America. Proven effective management strategies will be discussed and we’ll address how public gardens can form plans for their own collections. Management models from gardens and landscapes will be shared that cover all elements of conservation and replacement/removal costs. We’ll also discuss how a gardens link with SPN can lead public thinking through its outreach to garden visitors, municipalities, and homeowners.

Presenters: Dan Stern, APGA/Sentinel Plant Network; Scott Creary, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens; Josh Selm, Boone County Arboretum; Dan Herms, Ohio State University DARC; Joe Chamberlin, Valent USA Corporation; and Richard Hauer, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Two Presentations in One Sixty-Minute Session

Presentation I: Team Building and Staff Structure Strategies for Managing Our Growing Public Gardens

This session will provide leaders of horticulture programs with tips and strategies to create a good solid team within the horticulture department.

Participants will also learn hiring strategies, structuring strategies, and scheduling tips and techniques. Public gardens are growing at an amazing rate, but staffing
levels are not. Learn how to balance the workload to be successful in reaching your garden’s goals.

Presenter: Karin Noecker, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Presentation II: Tallgrass Prairie Restoration at Royal Botanical Gardens: Introducing Biodiversity to Cultural Spaces

Royal Botanical Gardens’ (RBG) natural and cultural landscapes provide a unique opportunity where these spaces can be brought together in balance to showcase sustainability.

Introducing biodiversity through restoration is one example of the path that RBG has taken towards conservation—a path it is creating so that others may take it. The presenter will highlight steps taken to recreate prairie habitat at RBG’s Princess Point and the challenges of restoring a space that has been heavily impacted by human activity over the last century.

Presenter: Lindsay Burtenshaw, Royal Botanical Gardens

A Path to Implementing Best Practices in Botanical Names for Plant Collections: Let Public Gardens Lead the Horticulture Industry

Deciding the right name to apply to a plant in your collection can be daunting, particularly for small gardens with little curatorial or taxonomic capacity.

Participants will gain tools for finding the right names for their plants, and will encourage public gardens to lead the horticulture industry. This panel will address
hot and controversial topics such as the use of trademark designations on garden labels and ever-changing botanical names.

Presenters: Natalie Iwanycki, Royal Botanical Gardens; Jon Peter, The New York Botanic Garden; Kunso Kim, The Morton Arboretum; Andrew Gapinski, The Arboretum at Penn State; Tracy Omar, Springs Preserve; and Kathy Musial, Huntington Botanical Gardens