People and Gardens

January 2014

YOUtopia Garden in Action
One of the newest gardens to join YOUtopia, The Arboretum at Flagstaff is in collaboration with Northern Arizona University to build the Southwest Experimental Garden Array (SEGA) for which they received an award from the National Science Foundation’s Major Research Instrumentation Panel. Consisting of ten research common garden sites across northern Arizona, the studies provide a means to examine plants and extended plant communities and to differentiate between genetic effects and environmental effects. The Arboretum is hosting two gardens and the heaviest set of instrumentation for education and outreach purposes ( Researchers from around the globe are invited to use SEGA, which will broaden our audience and expose students to a larger climate change perspective.    
In alliance with its mission to increase the understanding and conservation of plant communities of the Colorado Plateau, The Arboretum at Flagstaff, as the primary site providing public outreach, is taking the lead in developing outreach and educational programs related to the SEGA project. 


Ann Parsons to lead Smith-Gilbert Gardens
Ann Parsons has been appointed Executive Director of Smith-Gilbert Gardens, the city’s 16-acre botanical garden. Ms. Parsons will be responsible for the overall leadership of the Gardens, as well as the coordination of annual activities related to the Strategic Plan and helping to implement the long range Master Plan.
Ms. Parsons most recently served as Director of The Kampong in Coconut Grove, Florida, one of five gardens of the National Tropical Botanical Garden. She also held positions at Norfolk Botanical Garden in Virginia and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Florida. Both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees are from Virginia Tech.  


Chanticleer announces the 2013 Chanticleer Scholars
The Chanticleer Foundation Board of Directors announces the 2013 recipients of the Chanticleer Scholarship in Professional Development:
  1. Gregory Kramer, Director of Horticulture at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida
  2. Amy Padolf, Director of Education at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami, Florida
  3. Joe Matassino, Director of Development at the Delaware Center for Horticulture in Wilmington, Delaware
  4. Tracey Jessen, Horticulturist at Halifax Public Gardens in Nova Scotia, Canada
The Chanticleer Scholarship promotes creativity and leadership by supporting professional development opportunities for public garden staff. The next scholarship application deadlines are July 1 and November 1, 2014.
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Chanticleer receives the PHS Distinguished Achievement Award
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society presented the Distinguished Achievement Award to Chanticleer on November 12, 2013 at the PHS Awards Celebration and Recognition Event at the College of the Physicians of Philadelphia. The award is presented each year to an individual or organization that has made outstanding contributions to the field of public horticulture, or has had a positive impact on PHS programs and activities.
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New directions for Idaho Botanical Garden
The Idaho Botanical Garden (IBG) was recently accepted as a participant in APGA’s plant collections management partnership with Esri, a leading mapping software company. IBG has low-cost access to Esri’s powerful software, which can greatly improve day-to-day management by providing accurate maps for all the details in the garden, such as electric and irrigation systems, as well as for specific plants and trees. They will also be able to provide members and visitors with maps and information on their website, and eventually on mobile devices.
For an interactive presentation that gives an overview on how IBG will use the software, visit: and click the "Garden GIS Map" link.  


Norfolk Botanical Garden presents the NBG Garden Explorer
Norfolk Botanical Garden (NBG) launches a new Garden Explorer database for easy access to the Garden's expansive plant collection. Access the new program through the NBG website or your mobile phone or device to search for plants by common or scientific name or plant locations. NBG’s Plant Recorder David Foss is eager for guests to learn about the site and try it out for themselves.                                                                                 
“This new website brings Norfolk Botanical Garden into the 21st century and is dramatic shift in the way NBG is able to share its plant collection and garden features with guests,” Foss said. 
To try out the new Garden Explorer, click here:
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