Horticulture, Greenhouses, and Facilities (HGF) - Professional Development











October 5-7, 2015  I  Madison, Wisconsin - REGISTRATION OPENS IN JULY

Hosted By: Olbrich Botanical Gardens and The University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum

This Symposium will take a fresh look at daily operations, programs, and best practices from outside on garden grounds to inside the greenhouse, conservatory and other facilities, where our actions directly impact the visitor experience. Our field is evolving at a lightning pace and staff members need top level knowledge of trends, new technology, equipment and resources on topics such as:

-  Creating world class horticulture displays  -  GIS for Operations and Facilities  -  Finding quiet, sustainable solutions to the adverse effects of gas powered outdoor maintenance  - Seed collection  -  Low mow, no mow turf lawn options  -  Understanding soils and soil testing  -  Urban burning  -  Detection and diagnosis of serious plant pests and diseases   

Symposium presenters bring the experience, the knowledge, and research to provide the methods you need to be ecologically, financially, operationally sustainable as you face everyday obstacles.


The Sentinel Plant Network (SPN) is offering to reimburse travel expenses and hotel accommodations on the night of Oct. 5 for up to two staff members from any APGA garden that already has or is willing to complete SPN's Letter of Support.

To qualify, attendees must participate in the SPN sessions on both Oct 5 & 6. For more information contact SPN Manager, Dan Stern, dstern@publicgardens.org






Sponsored by APGA 2015 Preferred Partner Berends Hendricks Stuit (BHS)






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