People and Gardens

April 2014

YOUtopia:  Community Climate Change Fellowship Program Opportunity for 25 Educators 
A new fellowship program focused on climate change, education, and community engagement, the 2014 Community Climate Change Fellowship Program is a pilot initiative sponsored by EECapacity, with generous support from EPA. It is open to educators who want to address climate change issues in their communities through innovative education and engagement strategies.   Learn more here.
Applications are due April 18, 2014, 8pm EDT


New York Botanical Garden to host second annual field day for Interns in July 2014
On Wednesday, July 23, 2014, The New York Botanical Garden will host a Field Day for Interns working in the green industries.  Activities include inspiring presentations, featuring Keynote Speaker Joseph Tychonievich, nursery manager/propagator at Arrowhead Alpines Plant Nursery, a job fair, tours, contests, and more!  This event also includes food and refreshments.
This event follows the successful first field day held one year prior in July of 2013.  According to Charles Yurgalevitch, Director of the School of Professional Horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden, “over 80 people attended, 63 of them were interns.  The goal of this event was to bring together interns for a half-day of learning, professional development, and a bit of fun.”


Huntington President Steven S. Koblik announces retirement in 2015
Steven Koblik has served as president of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens for more than 12 years and is largely credited with transforming the institution into a dynamic and thriving intellectual and cultural center with a focus on impact and outreach.
“Steve’s visionary insights and tireless efforts, along with the spectacular team he has assembled, have significantly strengthened The Huntington and have propelled it to unprecedented levels of national and international stature in all of its endeavors,” said Stewart Smith, chair of The Huntington’s five-member board of trustees. 
Koblik assumed the Huntington presidency after serving for nine years as president of Reed College in Oregon.  He has been the driving force behind major progress at The Huntington,  including  building the largest Chinese Garden outside of China; renovation of the Huntington Art Gallery, once the Huntingtons’ home; expansion of the American art galleries; and major upgrades to the historic Library building along with complete renovation of its main exhibition hall which reopened in late 2013.
Edited with permission from a Letter from Stewart Smith, Chair, Huntington Board of Trustees, in the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens March/April 2014 Calendar.  Photo courtesy of Huntington website.


Conservation horticulture expedition makes new discovery

Montgomery Botanical Center and Belize Botanic Gardens recently led a successful expedition for conservation horticulture in Southern Belize. The project, funded by SOS – Save Our Species, and the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, discovered a previously unknown population of Sinkhole Cycad.

Haverford College Arboretum Association celebrates 40th anniversary 
“Forty years ago on May 4, 1974, the Haverford College Arboretum Association was launched to continue preservation of the historic landscape. The first display garden at the college, the Mary Newlin Smith Memorial Garden which once grew next to Magill Library, was planted 110 years ago in 1904 by the Campus Club. These alumni, faculty and student members initially gathered to save Haverford’s trees — trees planted 180 years ago in 1834.
The nucleus of today’s Arboretum began that year of 1834 when the English gardener William Carvill arrived to transform farmland into a “great lawn” around Founders Hall. Carvill remained at Haverford for 14 years. But his legacy stretches beyond his campus design of open vistas, allées of trees, and conifers at key focal points.”
Blurb extracted from the Haverford College Arboretum Association Spring 2014 Newsletter.  


APGA Board of Directors vote will take place in early May
Ballots will be open by mid April at the latest.  Eligible voters will be contacted via email with instructions on how to cast their vote.