People and Gardens

October 2013

YOUtopia garden in action: Chicago Botanic Garden  
YOUtopia member garden, Chicago Botanic Garden, is sharing climate change impact reduction efforts while empowering community members to take positive steps outside of the garden through their annual Fall into Phenology campaign.
For the rest of October, Citizen Scientists will make observations of plants, gathering data that are great indicators of current and future climate impacts. Project BudBurst is a collaborative effort between the Chicago Botanic Garden, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Colorado, and the University of Montana—all members of the National Phenology Network.


Bamboo collection at San Diego Botanic Garden achieves NAPCC Accreditation
APGA is pleased to announce that San Diego Botanic Garden has been awarded NAPCC accreditation for its extensive bamboo collection of 121 taxa, the largest in an American public garden. The origins of this collection are linked to the founding of the American Bamboo Society in the late 1970s. The core of the Garden’s collection emphasizes Asian species and cultivars, with recent additions from the Himalayas, South America, and Africa. A nearly frost-free climate allows a wide range of bamboo taxa to be grown.
Bamboo’s dramatic display value, uses, and cultural significance are highlighted and interpreted throughout the collection. Future plans for the collection focus on drought-tolerant taxa, addressing water conservation concerns in California and further expanding both its ornamental and conservation value.


San Diego welcomes Paul Redeker as its new director of horticulture
Paul Redeker joins the San Diego Botanic Garden after five years as director of horticulture at the Water Conservation Garden in Rancho San Diego. 
Paul’s life has been a journey through landscapes and gardens, which makes his arrival here serendipitous. Paul grew up on a ranch in Healdsburg, California, and worked his way through vineyards, raising livestock, and landscape design. Paul graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a degree in ornamental horticulture that focused on landscape design.


Royal Botanical Gardens plant taxonomist reaches 50th anniversary on staff
Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) extends its sincere congratulations and appreciation to Dr. James S. Pringle, RBG’s plant taxonomist, on the occasion of his 50th anniversary on staff, reached in August 2013. Dr. Pringle is a world-leading expert on the Gentianaceae. He has also authored multiple contributions to the Flora of North America, including the history of the floristic exploration of Canada. He is a familiar figure at the annual Systematics Symposium at Missouri Botanical Gardens. In celebration of his anniversary a garden bed at RBG Centre has been dedicated as the new James S. Pringle Gentian Garden.


2013 Lawrence Memorial Award recipient announced
Mr. Aleksandar Radosavljevic, a student of Dr. Patrick Herendeen at the Chicago Botanic Garden and Northwestern University, is the recipient of the 2013 Lawrence Memorial Award.  For his dissertation research, Mr. Aleksandar Radosavljevic has undertaken a study of the tropical legume genus Cynometra.  The proceeds of the award will help support his travel to Brazil for field work and herbarium study. 
The Award Committee of the Lawrence Memorial Fund invites nominations for the 2014 Lawrence Memorial Award.  Letters of nomination and supporting materials, including seconding letters, should be received by the Committee no later than May 1, 2014, and should be directed to:  Dr. R. W. Kiger, Hunt Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213-3890 USA.  


Dr. Jane M. Bowles has passed away
Dr. Jane Bowles, a passionate and dedicated ecologist, worked tirelessly to preserve unique, natural habitats. She worked on countless conservation projects across Southwestern Ontario and was a founding and devoted member of the Thames Talbot Land Trust.
After graduation, Jane continued to be an integral member of the University of Western Ontario Departments of Plant Sciences and Zoology (now Biology) and Geography as an adjunct professor. She taught a range of courses in both departments, including the legendary Desert Ecology field course module, with Dr. Paul Hanford. Since 2004, Jane was the curator of the Biology Herbarium and director of the Sherwood Fox Arboretum.


Greenwood Gardens opens to the public
Greenwood Gardens formally opened its gates to the public in April, unveiling its dramatic four-year, $5 million restoration efforts. More than 1,500 people attended the grand opening and nearly 4,000 visitors came to experience the gardens during the spring season. The opening was heralded by the press in Elle Décor, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Star-Ledger, Time Out New York, New Jersey Countryside, The Millburn Item, and Matters Magazine. Greenwood was delighted to offer free admission on opening day thanks to a generous grant from the Millburn branch of Investors Bank.
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Ganna Walska Lotusland receives $1 million gift to endowment

Ganna Walska Lotusland is the recipient of a $1 million gift from an anonymous donor for the purposes of creating an endowment fund to sustain, in perpetuity, Lotusland’s historic Topiary Garden.
The original Topiary Garden at Lotusland was created by Ralph Stevens and Madame Ganna Walska from 1955 through 1957, and includes two types of specialized gardens: a twenty-five-foot working floral clock, and trained topiaries. Ganna Walska Lotusland is one of the few remaining, intact examples of great American estates built in Santa Barbara during the Golden Age. 
For more information, contact Anne Dewey, director of development at 805.969.3767 or


Bellevue Botanical Garden Society awarded national grant 
The Bellevue Botanical Garden Society has been awarded a three-year, $149,600 “Museums for America” grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).  
Building upon a previous IMLS-funded project, the garden will produce a new interactive visitor map, install interactive touch screens in the new visitor orientation room, and develop an application for use on mobile devices. The garden will also design a project evaluation program so the staff can understand and respond to changing visitor interests and demographics over time. 
For more information, contact Nancy Kartes, Bellevue Botanical Garden manager, office: 425.452.2749 or email:, or Robin Haaseth, Parks & Community Services public information officer, office: 425.452.6182 or email:


Urban tree study offers insight into environmental, economic impact of region’s trees 
The Morton Arboretum, in cooperation with the US Forest Service, recently released the results of their  Urban Trees and Forests of the Chicago Region study of trees in the seven-county Chicago region. The study provides the most comprehensive look ever at the structure of the Chicago region urban forest–defined as trees in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties–as well as the environmental and economic value of those trees, based on widely used mathematical models. Results from the study will provide a basis for further research on the need for maintaining and improving the tree canopy in this region.
The study is now available for download at  For more information, visit


Brooklyn Botanic Garden announces interim herbarium plans
On September 11, Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) announced a new collaboration with The New York Botanical Garden during a period of planning and construction affecting access to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Herbarium.
In late August, engineering problems affecting the foundation at Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s off-site science center led to a phased closure of that building and access restrictions to its herbarium. While planning gets under way to relocate the BBG Herbarium (BKL), BBG will remain focused on the care of its herbarium collections, maintaining one part-time and two full-time staff members, including its director of collections, Tony Morosco, an eight-year veteran of the University of California’s Jepson Herbarium during a similar period of transition. 
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Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens hires renowned firm to help shape its future
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens has engaged internationally acclaimed Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects to guide the organization into its second twenty years and its next phase. The firm’s team will present its initial findings on Monday, October 21, and within a year will finalize the new master plan for the Gardens’ 248-acre waterfront property off Barters Island Road in Boothbay.   
Nelson Byrd Woltz has garnered more than eighty national and regional awards for its work. Among its numerous landscape-design projects are the Devonian Botanic Garden in Edmonton, Alberta; Hudson Yards in New York; Flight 93 National Memorial in Pennsylvania; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; and Southwest Waterfront in Washington, DC.
For more information, contact Barbara Freeman (; 207.633.4333, ext. 105).