Almost there…

With the 2010 Symposium around the corner, the Guest Relations Committee has been hard at work preparing for the day’s activities. It has been a flurry of activity around the office..stuffing registration packets, making registrant lists, producing name tags and finalizing catering details.

Amidst all of this last minute excitement, we’ve also been reminded of those generous parties who have helped make this year’s Symposium possible – our sponsors. This facet of Symposium planning got off to an early start last fall when Sponsorship Leader, Daniel Stern, began contacting area gardens, local businesses and other professional organizations about supporting the event. Throughout October and November, each of the Fellows had an opportunity to join Daniel in meeting with one of our sponsors and gain some valuable professional experience in the nuances of cultivating donor relations.

Dongah and Keelin enjoying some time in the garden following a sponsorship visit to Chanticleer

With several additions to our growing list of supporters, we had a banner year too! Several sponsors including the American Horticultural Society, the Association of Nature Center Administrators,the American Public Gardens Association, Botanic Gardens Conservation International and the National Association of Interpretation helped us spread the word about the Symposium through advertising space and emails to their members. We received other valuable in-kind support from Event Network, the Hilton Garden Inn Kennett Square and Lord Cultural Resources.

We also received a tremendous amount of financial support from the following list of local gardens, businesses, and other entities.

Zoe taking in the view from atop “Tree Adventure” after a sponsorship meeting with the Morris Arboretum’s Director Paul Meyer

And finally, we were delighted with the amount of support we received from Former Fellows of our very own Longwood Graduate Program. Not only were all of these donations essential in helping to offset some of the significant costs associated with putting on the event, they represent a tremendous vote of confidence in the Symposium and the Longwood Graduate Program as a whole. Again, we are so grateful for the support from all our sponsors and are excited that we will see many of them in attendance at the event!

Shari and Dan hamming it up in the garden after a sponsorship meeting at Tyler Arboretum