People and Gardens



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Public Gardens featured at American Association of Museums (AAM) National Meeting. 

At this year’s AAM Annual Meeting, APGA hosted a special panel designed to introduce museum professionals to the significant opportunities that plants and managed landscapes offer to their institutions. Panel members not only examined the breadth of the public garden field but also explored the exciting ways in which plants can serve as platforms to engage the public and to humanize hardscapes.

The creative and enthusiastic presenters, all contributors to Public Garden Management, also used this opportunity to demonstrate how the first book on public garden operations is a valuable resource for museum professionals whose grounds include collections of plants.

Moderated by Sharon Lee, co-author of Public Garden Management, the panel included co-author Donald Rakow of Cornell Plantations and contributors David Michener of the Matthaei Botanical Garden and Nichols Arboretum of the University of Michigan; Kitty Connolly of the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens; and Patsy Benveniste of the Chicago Botanic Garden.


Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden unveils plan for new children's garden

The Garden will break ground for construction on the immersive, themed garden that will delight children and adults alike once the Garden has commitments of $4 million in contributions, Executive Director Kara Newport and Board President Harding Stowe said. The project, which is expected to encompass about three acres, will be developed in stages with construction expected to begin next spring.

Though a children’s garden is part of the fifty-year master plan envisioned by Daniel Stowe in the early 1990s, it's amazing and creative detail is just being revealed with the help of nationally renowned designer W. Gary Smith.

The new area, while being seamlessly integrated into the distinctive design first envisioned by Daniel Stowe, will be unlike anything else currently at the Garden. Plans call for it to be centered around a green-roof amphitheatre with a naturalized pond plus other elements or, as Smith calls them, “destinations.”


Great Park accepts $1 Million Grant from U.S. Department of Energy for Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO.

At their meeting on May 17, 2012, The Orange County Great Park Corporation Board approved an agreement with the United States Department of Energy that provides a $1 million grant to host the Solar Decathlon 2013 at the Great Park. The agreement establishes a two-phase planning and implementation process that also includes the staging of the first ever multi-day exposition set for October 3-13, 2013, dubbed the XPO: Clean+Renewable+Efficient Energy Exposition.

The Orange County Great Park, with its approximately 1,300-acre master plan, is the focal point of the redevelopment of the publicly-owned portion of the 4,700-acre former Marine Corps Air Station, El Toro. The Great Park features an iconic tethered helium balloon that rises 400 feet in the air, providing an aerial view of Park development. Other features include the Carousel, Farm + Food Lab, Kids Rock Playground, Walkable Timeline, Palm Court Arts Complex, North Lawn recreation area and historic Hangar 244. The South Lawn lighted soccer fields and Community Garden will be added in the next phase of construction. For more information go to


Brooklyn Botanic Garden celebrates new Visitor Center

Visitors of all ages are invited to experience the 22,000-square-foot new Visitor Center - a sustainably engineered project designed by the renowned architecture firm Weiss/Manfredi - comprising an extraordinary new building and landscape planted with approximately 100,000 new specimens and including a 10,000-square-foot living roof. The Visitor Center offers a gallery of exhibits and a room for orienting tour groups; a dramatic leaf-shaped event space; an expanded store offering garden-related products and plants; and other visitor amenities. The sinuous glass building is embedded in a hillside at the Garden’s northeastern corner. Composed of two linked forms that seem to appear, disappear, and change shape as the visitor moves through and around them, the building offers an array of new views into and through the Garden.


New York Botanical Garden places third

The Brooklyn Public Library, Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope, the Bartow-Pell Mansion in the Bronx, and The New York Botanical Garden were all named winners of the Partners in Preservation Grant, a partnership between American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

For three weeks, voters went online to choose the historic places they felt were most important to them. It's the first-ever citywide preservation effort powered by social media. The New York Botanical Garden, which came in third, will use the money to improve its Rock Garden.


The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum announced new rose name

The winning name for the Arboretum's newest pink rose cultivar, previously known as "Rosa 66," its genus name, was announced May 11, 2012, on National Public Garden Day by Arboretum Director Ed Schneider! Watch the video to hear the announcement. The winning name is "Summer Waltz." It was nominated by Mary Ann Starnes of Bigfork, Minnesota.

This exclusive Arboretum rose features a scalloped, double-petal bloom, and is Northern-hardy and resistant to black-spot disease. To see these shrub roses in bloom, visit the Cloister Garden near the Ordway Picnic Shelter. Watch a news clip to see its location on the Arboretum grounds and learn more about this beautiful rose. Rosa 66 was introduced through the University of Minnesota Woody Landscape Plant Breeding Program.