People and Gardens

May 2014

Slipper Orchids Collection at Phipps Achieves NAPCC Accreditation
APGA is pleased to announce that Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens has been awarded NAPCC accreditation for its Barbara Tisherman Slipper Orchid Collection. The collection includes 352 species and historically significant hybrids of the Cypripedioideae orchid subfamily. New LEED certified  production and display greenhouses provide a suitable environment for largely tropical orchids, while diminutive varieties requiring more exacting conditions are housed in a Conviron growth chamber. 
Phipps worked with slipper orchid specialists to determine the most historically significant hybrids to interpret the 140-year history of orchid breeding from species through today’s complex hybrids. Future goals include further safeguarding the collection and expanding its holdings to include missing taxa.  A session on benchmarking collections is planned for APGA’s November symposium “Advancing Plant  Collections Management”.  It uses orchids as a case study, and will feature Phipps’ hybrids survey and Smithsonian Gardens’ benchmarking results for tropical species orchid collections.


San Diego Botanic Garden Partners with Local Military
San Diego Botanic Garden is proud to support partnerships with our local military. Recently, the I Marine Expeditionary Force from Camp Pendleton dug a trench in the Garden to install new cable lines. In March, the Garden hosted a three-day agricultural training course for Camp Pendleton personnel who will deploy to work on agricultural-based civil affairs projects. The course will be held again in June. 
In appreciation, and with the help of a generous donor’s support, the Garden offers annual memberships discounted by two-thirds to active duty military families and individuals through December 31, 2014 and participates in the Blue Star Museums program by offering free admission to active duty military families from May 1 – Labor Day.
San Diego Botanic Garden looks forward to future partnerships with our dedicated military personnel.  Read more here.
(APGA is offering a workshop geared towards helping veterans through gardening and farming at the 2014 Everyday Magic Conference, learn more about this eye opening workshop here.)

Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Santa Barbara Botanic Garden selected for prestigious Executive Education Program

The Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University (GLI) announced the selection of thirty-nine museum leaders from the United States and eight countries around the world to participate in the 2014 Executive Education Program for Museum Leaders.  Among those selected include APGA members Kathryn Glass, VP Marketing and Public Engagement at Brooklyn Botanic Garden,  and Steven Windhager, Ph.D., Executive Director at Santa Barbara Botanic Garden.   
Now in its 35th year, the GLI Executive Education Program is the world’s foremost professional development program designed especially for senior-level museum executives.   APGA offers proud congratulations to Kathryn and Steven for this well-deserved accomplishment.
(Excerpt created from the Getty Leadership Institute press release.)


Brooklyn Botanic Garden among recipients of IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service
The Institute of Museum and Library Services recently announced the recipients of the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.  Among these recipients include APGA member garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. In its 20th anniversary year, the medals program celebrates excellent institutions that have made a significant impact on individuals, families, and communities across the nation. The award will be presented by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House on May 8.
(Except created  from IMLS press release.)


Cheekwood receives $1 million leadership gift 
Cheekwood recently announced it received a $1 million leadership gift from The Andrea Waitt Carlton Family Foundation for two transformative initiatives that will position the institution for national preeminence: Launching a large-scale holiday lights display in 2015, establishing Cheekwood as a major holiday destination; and beginning significant steps towards the historic restoration of the mansion, further enhancing Cheekwood’s reputation as “one of the finest examples of an American Country Place Era estate in the nation.” Both initiatives are being implemented to increase operational revenue, and each has the potential to draw greater tourism to Nashville.
(Excerpt taken with permission from the Cheekwood press release.)


10Best Public Garden results are in
10Best recently announced the winners for Best Public Garden for its Readers’ Choice Travel Award Contest sponsored by USA TODAY.  APGA is thrilled that seven out of the ten winning gardens are APGA members! Congratulations to the winners and to everyone who was nominated.  
Find out who the reader’s voted for and learn more about each garden here: