Path to Conservation

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The North American Plant Collections Consortium (NAPCC): Different Paths to Meeting Your Garden’s Conservation Goals

The NAPCC is APGA’s flagship program in collaboration with the USDA Agricultural Research Service.

NAPCC offers gardens of all staff and budget sizes opportunities to meaningfully contribute to the larger plant conservation effort. Join us to see how you canuse the NAPCC and its diverse network of gardens to define your collections niche and to become part of the larger plant conservation community.

Presenters: Chris Carmichael, Holly Forbes, University of California Botanical Garden; Andrew Bunting, Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College; Mike Ecker, The Dawes Arboretum

A Sense of Place Discovered: Native Plants as a Theme for Public Garden Programs

This session will showcase the efforts of three gardens in designing, implementing, and advocating the use of native and adapted plants to create beautiful, sustainable landscapes.

Learn about the innovative paths to horticulture at the University of Washington’s Pacific Connections Garden, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and Windcliff near Seattle. Participants will learn how the integration of native and/or adapted plants into public gardens can achieve a variety of sustainability objectives, including creating a unique regional identity; demonstrating aesthetically pleasing plant compositions; maintaining regional bio-diversity; promoting water conservation by reducing required supplemental water; reducing the use of herbicides; and promoting non-invasive plants.

Presenters: Dennis Meyer, The Portico Group; Dan Hinkley, Windcliff; Mark Simmons, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center; and Sarah Reichard, University of Washington Botanic Gardens

Developing a Sustainability Index for Public Gardens: Our Progress Shared

The mission of many public gardens is inherently aligned with sustainability—protecting, growing, arranging, and displaying flora, fauna, water, and earth for preservation and public enjoyment.

Many public gardens also strive to maintain biodiversity through propagation, preservation, or promotion of indigenous plants. However, a scan of sustainability best practices by PE International in 2010 of public gardens found that, overall, the public garden sector does not have well-defined or widely adopted sustainable business
practices. The Sustainability Index for Public Gardens is being created by gardens for gardens to enhance the overall sustainability of public gardens around the world.
Come learn how things are progressing toward the public release.

Presenters: Jim Fava and Kats Maroney, PE Int/Five Winds; Mark Winnicki, Longwood Gardens; and Casey Sclar, APGA/Longwood Gardens

Friday, June 22, 2012

Modeling the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Conservation Strategies

Increasingly, public gardens are doing more for the conservation of plants.

However, programs can be instituted that will involve gardeners—the people who work most intimately with the organization’s raison d’être. By modeling two of the American Zoological Association’s conservation programs, gardeners (and public gardens) can work with others across the country and the world to conserve those plant species they cultivate.

Presenters: Christa Partain, Towson University; Tom Mirenda, Smithsonian Institution; Marge From, Henry Doorly Zoo; and Catherine Hubbard, Albuquerque BioPark/Rio Grande Botanic Garden; Louis Green, Columbus Zoo

Native Plant Networks: Connecting Producers to Users

If your ambition is to see a greater diversity of native plants in commercial nurseries and home gardens, and used in large scale for habitat restoration, then come and learn how programs around the country are creating links between consumers of native plants and the green industry, for sustainability and profit!

Learn how to link producers to users of native plants. Users include restoration, site-rehabilitation, and ornamental horticulturists. Presentations will be provided by
leaders from the Georgia Native Plant Initiative, the New England Wildflower Society’s Nasami Farm nursery, and the Federal Bureau of Land Management’s National Plant Materials Program.

Presenters: Jim Affolter and Jennifer Ceska, State Botanical Garden of Georgia; Peggy Olwell, Bureau of Land Management; and Scott LaFleur, Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden