People and Gardens

Vote for the New York Botanical Garden!

The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) has been selected to participate in the New York City (NYC) Partners in Preservation Program (PIP), a program of The National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express. They are one of forty organizations in NYC vying for the public’s votes through Monday, May 21.  Winners will receive a grant of up to $250,000 to support one historic preservation project in their facility—the project selected by NYBG is the restoration of their Rock Garden Cascade. 

NYBG is the only botanical garden in the running andis asking APGA members and fellow gardens for support in this endeavor.

Voting is easy through the Partners in Preservation’s Facebook page or website.


Smithsonian Gardens to Be Named Recipient of 2012 Great American Gardeners Award

On June 7, Smithsonian Gardens will be named a recipient of a 2012 Great American Gardeners Award by the American Horticultural Society. The award is one of twelve that the Society presents annually to individuals, organizations, and businesses that represent the best in American gardening. Each of the recipients has contributed significantly to fields such as scientific research, garden communication, landscape design, youth gardening, teaching, conservation, and floral design. The Urban Beautification Award earmarked for Smithsonian Gardens is given to an individual, institution, or company for significant contributions to urban horticulture and the beautification of American cities. The work being done by Smithsonian Gardens helps beautify the nation’s capital, promotes public horticulture in America, and aids the American Horticultural Society in fulfilling its vision of making America a nation of gardeners, a land of gardens. Smithsonian Gardens is most grateful for the contributions of its staff, volunteers, and supporters in helping to achieve this prestigious award. 


Garden Highlights for National Public Gardens Day

Fernwood Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve offered tours of the garden throughout the day, with a special presentation, "Why Public Gardens Matter", by Executive Director Carol Line. 
Iowa Arboretum promoted National Public Gardens Day by offering free tours and seeds to guests. Displaying the true spirit of the day, they also actively promoted their garden friends: Benton Arboretum, Better Homes and Gardens Test Garden, Reiman Garden,s and Des Moines Botanical Center.  
The Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden provided a unique opportunity to learn from the best! Pearl Fryar gave a topiary demonstration and Bill Hendricks of Klyn Nurseries presented "Hydrangeas for the Landscape." 
North Carolina Botanical Garden held a Public Garden Celebration!, where they invited guests to view spring displays of diverse plants native to the Southeast, listen to the Franklin Street Traditional Jazz Band, enjoy light refreshments, and celebrate the proclamation of May 11 as National Public Gardens Day by Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt. 
Leach Botanical Garden honored the day by extending their typical open hours. Garden Curator Courtney Vengarick offered special garden tours thoroughout the day, while onhand volunteers shared stories about the Gardens and it's colorful founds, John and Lilla Leach. 
The Getty Villa joined the annual celebration by offering special tours, including an Herb Garden Tour that focused on mythological stories and uses associated with the plants, and a Toga Tour, which discussed ancient Roman uses of the plants and flowers throughout the site's gardens, made complete by the grounds supervisor being dressed in a Roman toga! Special menu items were highlighted in the café and discounts were given in the museum store.  
Descanso Gardens marked the day by extending their hours and timing it with the grand opening of Seen & Scene: The Imagined Landscape, which presents vivid ideas, restless imaginations, and provocative art created by several California contemporary artists. 

UC Davis Arboretum Welcomes Stephanie Bailey as Project and Work Team Coordinator

UC Davis arboretum is delighted to welcome Stephanie Bailey as their new project and work team coordinator. She has her master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon, where her research focus was on urban natural systems and stormwater infrastructure. She comes from the campus Design and Construction Management unit, where she worked both before and after completing her graduate work. In her new position, Stephanie will be helping to coordinate and track the pilot projects of the new Public Garden Initiative. She'll work closely with the public garden leadership team and team members across the organization to make sure projects run smoothly. She will also serve as manager for some public garden projects.

Asked what she hopes to accomplish in her new position, Stephanie said, “I am looking forward to being involved in the transformation of the campus landscape through the Public Garden Initiative and the new and exciting GATEways projects that are underway. I love plants and have always loved the UC Davis Arboretum. It is one of the campus' greatest educational and recreational assets. It is a privilege to be able to contribute to the success of its missions and goals.” 


Trees Atlanta Hired New Staff, New Positions, and New Energy

Trees Atlanta is a nationally recognized citizens group that protects and improves Atlanta's urban forest by planting, conserving, and educating. It has been a prime force in addressing Atlanta's tree loss, creating increased green space, and conserving the city's trees. And their team is growing! 

Kate Connor
Director of Development and Marketing

Kate Baltzell
Education Coordinator

Monique Torbert
NeighborWoods Coordinator and Urban Forestry Crew Manager

Cooper Starr
Assistant NeighborWoods Coordinator

Brian Williams
Forest Restoration Coordinator


The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens Welcomes New Landscape Director

The Fells Historic Estate & Gardens happily introduces Joe Thompson as the new landscape director. Joe has a degree in landscape architecture from Penn State University and a teacher's certificate from Colby-Sawyer College. He owns a landscaping business in Etna, New Hampshire, and has taught in schools in New London and Lebanon, New Hampshire, and Exeter, United Kingdom. 

"Joe's skills will benefit The Fells in many ways," said Mary Boswell, executive director. "He is eager to work on the Rock Garden, a signature program here, and he wants to lead volunteers in the inventory of The Fells 300 species of plants. His teaching experience will considerably help out tours and classes." 


Longwood Graduate Program Students Present Thesis Research

The Longwood Graduate Program in Public Horticulture will host its annual Thesis Research Seminar at Longwood Gardens on May 25, 2012 starting at 9:00 a.m. Attendance is free, includes a light lunch, and no RSVP is required. The presentations are as follows: 

Aubree Davis
Evaluating Web Technology: the Use and Measurement of Web Initiatives in Public Horticulture Institutions

James Hearsum
Collaborative and Comprehensive Content Management for Botanic Gardens Linked to Plant Collection Records

Ashby Leavell
Wild Abandon and New Frontier: Converting Vacant Railways into Urban Greenways

Raakel Toppila
Conserving Threatened Oak Species in Living Collections: Are We Doing Enough? 

Felicia Yu
School Garden Sustainability: Major Challenges to the Long-Term Maintenance and Success of School Garden Programs

If you're interested in the presentations but are unable to attend in person, consider following the live webcast from the comfort of your computer. For more information, please contact The Longwood Graduate Program.