Category Archives: North American Experience

A Day at the Zoo

(photography by Raakel Toppila) A great day today at the Minnesota Zoo.  We spent the morning with Director Lee Ehmke, Horticulture Supervisor Kim Thomas, and Ken Kornack, Director of Capital Projects at the Zoo.  After meeting Lee at the entrance, … Continue reading

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Second Years Travel to the State of 10,000 Lakes

(photographs by Felicia Yu) North American Experience has begun yet again.  The second year Fellows and Dr. Lyons landed Wednesday in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota with the goal to explore what the region has to … Continue reading

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Don’t Sweat It!

Our final destination, Joshua Tree National Park, is located a few hours east of Los Angeles in the California high desert, where the Colorado and Mojave Deserts meet.  After miraculously escaping most of L.A.’s notoriously nightmarish traffic, we found ourselves … Continue reading

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Pot Party!

A pot (washing) party that is – that’s title of the flyer inviting volunteers to help wash flower pots at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG). The volunteers at the party had visions of the mother lode of pots being … Continue reading

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“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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