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2023 Horticulture, Greenhouse, and Facilities Symposium: Gardens of the Future

September 27-28, 2023

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Columbus, OH

Registration to open in early summer 2023! 


Early: $325/member, $425/non-member

Regular: $350/member, $450/non-member

Late: $375/member, $475/non-member

Registration to open in late June! 

Hotel: Renaissance Columbus Downtown, $179/night 

Sustainability. Accessibility. Staffing. Energy Efficiency. Collections. Climate Change.  Whether you’re a small garden or large garden, these are just some of the popular topics of conversation as we consider the role of public gardens in a changing world. How do public gardens move forward as well-rounded organizations that demonstrate best practices and innovative ideas with a grounding in science? Join us at the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens on September 27-28 for a fun-filled, engaging, and thought-provoking symposium. Meet old friends and new as we work together to create the Gardens of the Future!     

Topics you can look forward to learning about include: 

Sustainable Practices related to: 

-Integrated Pest Management 

-Electric equipment 

-Water management 


-Collections planning & disasters/Climate change 

-Plant selection & sourcing 

-Potting and planting media 

-Green Infrastructure/Energy efficiency 

-Sustainable building materials 

-Working with volunteers 

-Staffing & Hiring 

-Accessibility/ADA Compliance 

-Big innovations at small gardens 

Planning Committee

Karin Noecker, Director of Horticulture & Exhibitions, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Steve Austin, Director of Facilities & Grounds, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Brent Moon, Horticulture Manager, Houston Botanic Garden 

Amanda Bennett, Vice President, Horticulture & Collections, Atlanta Botanical Garden

Andy Cabe, Director of Horticulture, Riverbanks Zoo and Garden 

Briana Berkowitz, Professional Development Coordinator, American Public Gardens Association

Anna Li, Plant Protection Program Assistant, American Public Gardens Association