People and Gardens

February 2014

Polly Hill Arboretum benefits from three APGA programs

Polly Hill Arboretum of West Tisbury, MA participates in both the Sentinel Plant Network and YOUtopia programs, and has held an NAPCC Stewartia Collection since 2005. To combat Cynipid Wasp damage to the island’s black oaks, Senior Horticulturist/Arborist Steve Masterson has developed a compost operation that mimics natural woodland processes, saving the costs of ferrying material to the island and avoiding chemical runoff. 
Polly Hill Arboretum staff takes great care to make efficient use of resources while fulfilling a commitment to conservation, native plant propagation and education.  
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Smithsonian Gardens receives NAPCC accreditation for Tropical Orchids 
Smithsonian Gardens has been awarded NAPCC accreditation for its extensive collection of tropical species orchids. The Orchid Species Collection contains over 2,000 species orchids, the vast majority of which are of tropical origin. Housed in four state-of-the-art greenhouses, plants from the collection are used in educational outreach, scientific and conservation activities.
Smithsonian Gardens conducted an extensive benchmarking study focused on tropical species orchids in 2013. Benchmarking orchid collections will be spotlighted as part of the upcoming APGA Plant Collections Symposium to be held November 5-7, 2014, in Washington DC. The symposium will be hosted by Smithsonian Gardens in collaboration with United States Botanic Garden and United States National Arboretum.


Scott LaFleur appointed Gardens Director of Sherman Library & Gardens
APGA and the Sherman Foundation are pleased to announce the appointment of Scott LaFleur to the position of Gardens Director for Sherman Library & Gardens. LaFleur began his position on January 2, 2014. He has acted as APGA's Council of Sections Chair and Board Member since 2009. After owning and operating a perennial garden design company for ten years, LaFleur became Director of Horticulture for Claremont, California’s Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in 2011.
Sherman Library & Gardens is a 2.2 acre horticultural and educational retreat. The Library acquires, organizes and preserves materials pertaining to the history of the Pacific Southwest. 
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Bok Tower Gardens celebrates 85th anniversary
Bok Tower Gardens commemorated its 85th anniversary with a special Dedication Day ceremony on Saturday, February 1. Former U.S. Senator Bob Graham discussed the historical importance of Bok Tower Gardens to the State of Florida.
According to Garden’s president David Price, Edward Bok’s vision to create a sanctuary for people and wildlife is as relevant today as it was 85 years ago. “We’re celebrating not only Bok’s gift, but also the public that has loved, protected, and supported this place.”
The National Historic Landmark was dedicated by President Calvin Coolidge on February 1, 1929 as a gift to the American people from Pulitzer Prize-winning author and humanitarian Edward Bok. 
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AAM names 2014 Great American Museum Advocates

The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) has selected the first two Great American Museum Advocates from nominations submitted by museums from across the country. The winners are Simone Batiste, 16, nominated by the Chabot Space & Science Center in Oakland, CA, and Spencer Hahn, 8, nominated by The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. The winners will participate in Museums Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., February 24-25.
Museums Advocacy Day is a collaboration uniting the museum field in making the case for federal support of museums. More than 300 professionals from nearly 50 states will participate.
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