Rebecca Pineo attended this year’s Janet Meakin Poor Research Symposium, hosted by Chicago Botanic Gardens and co-sponsored by Botanic Gardens Conservation International. The keynote speaker, Steven Blackmore, Regius Keeper of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Scotland, highlighted the positive role gardens can play in promoting sustainability. Other speakers addressed how plant science, education, outreach, and public-private partnerships can aid conservation and help tackle the challenges of climate change.
Jackie Bergquist, Shari Edelson, and Daniel Stern attended an APGA professional development symposium hosted at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The symposium featured a variety of speakers who addressed challenges and opportunities for public gardens to model sustainability and attendees were treated to a sneak preview of the Sustainable Sites Initiative.
The symposium also afforded opportunity to see how Phipps has integrated sustainability into all of its operations during a “behind-the-scenes” tour of the country’s first LEED certified visitor center in a public garden, and the world’s most energy-efficient conservatory. During the two-day event, conference attendees also enjoyed Phipps’ seasonal exhibition of Chrysanthemums, Flamingos, and Chocolate!