Category Archives: North American Experience

“The most public Public Garden I’ve ever worked for”

Located in the heart of the San Gabriel Valley, the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden was our destination on Tuesday. Richard Schulhof, the CEO, welcomed us in the Visitor Center and escorted us to the staff conference room. … Continue reading

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A Day at The Huntington

Horticulture appears third in the name, but don’t let it fool you—The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens has some first class flora. The Huntington’s founder, business magnate Henry E. Huntington, possessed a penchant for plants as well as … Continue reading

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Underwater without the noseplug…

After a brisk stroll through the Cannery Row district in the seaside town of Monterey, we approached the unassuming entrance to the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  The lobby was crawling with visitors, ranging from young and old to local residents and … Continue reading

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Fight, Love, Live

When we first arrived at Filoli on Sunday morning, we were warmly greeted by Lucy Tolmach, the Director of Horticulture.  A horticulture alumna of the University of Delaware, Lucy has been working at Filoli for more than 20 years.  She … Continue reading

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August 22-Day 6: Summary

North American Experience (NAX) 2009 began slightly less than a week ago when we all boarded a plane in Baltimore and headed for Florida.  Our landing in Miami may have been a bit bumpy, and getting our rental van a … Continue reading

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August 20th – Day 5: Montgomery Botanical Center

Today we headed to our final destination, Montgomery Botanical Center. Unlike many of the institutions we have visited throughout the week, Montgomery is primarily in the business of research and conservation, with a focus on palms and cycads collected from … Continue reading

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August 19th – Day 4: Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden

With the forecast calling for storms, we headed to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden (FTBG) just down the street from where we are staying in Coral Gables. When we arrived at the Garden, we were greeted by former Longwood Graduate Fellow … Continue reading

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August 18th – Day 3: Naples Botanical Garden

This afternoon, we drove across the state to visit the up and coming Naples Botanical Garden. Brainstormed by local residents in the mid 1990s, the Garden is currently completing construction and will open to the public on November 14th, 2009. … Continue reading

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August 18th – Day 3: The Kampong

This morning the Fellows traveled to the edge of Biscayne Bay in Coconut Grove, Florida to visit The Kampong, of the National Tropical Botanical Garden. Upon arrival, the Fellows met Director, Ms. Ann Parsons, and Head Horticulturist, Mr. David Jones, … Continue reading

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August 17th – Day 2: The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden

Today the fellows toured and experienced the only frost-free tropical forest garden in the continental United States. Located off the coast of Florida, The Key West Tropical Forest & Botanical Garden has an extensive collection of native plants of the … Continue reading

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