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Symposium Speakers Represent

The 2010 Longwood Graduate Symposium, “People, Plants, Collections: Making the Connection“, is quickly approaching. Before we know it (Friday, March 5, 2010 to be exact), the diverse selection of speakers will be arriving from all over the United States.

Dr. Jim Folsom and Ms. Kitty Connolly will be traveling the furthest to be with us. They will be coming from Pasadena, CA where they work at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Hopefully they will be able to survive Kennett Squares’ chilly temperature for a couple of days because they have a photo-filled presentation prepared especially for us. Their presentation will be spotlighting examples from the Huntington that succeed in forging connections between plants and people. Be sure to click Jim and Kitty’s names above to see some great videos of their work.

Hailing from Fort Collins, CO, Dr. Tim Merriman represents the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) and is the next stop on the journey to Longwood Gardens. As a speaker he will bring a different perspective to the connections angle. He will be presenting on thoughtful interpretive planning and how it is essential for helping people connect with collections at museums, zoos, arboreta, and botanical gardens. Looking forward to learning the best practices required in making emotional connections between people and collections? Then don’t miss this one!

The ‘windy city’ and Chicago Botanic Garden is where Galen Gates is traveling from. We are fortunate to have him at the Symposium to present on what is required in establishing a plant collection of botanic garden status, the elements that denote a high-quality collection, and how best to advance the collection into the future. We are all sure to learn from this true plantsman.

Coming from the “Great White North” to somewhere hopefully a little warmer are Gail and Barry Lord of Lord Cultural Resources, Toronto, Canada. Gail and Barry Lord bring to the symposium a wealth of experience in cultural institution planning at museums and botanical gardens within North America and beyond. Drawing on ideas and concepts from around the world, the Lords’ keynote address promises to be a truly global and inspirational presentation on how public gardens can connect to the public in a rapidly changing culture.

From somewhat closer to Longwood Gardens, Christine Flanagan, will be traveling from the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington D.C. to lead a thought provoking session on how to transition collections to what they need to be in the future. What a great opportunity for symposium participants to put into practice what they have learned from the symposium sessions! This closing session will wrap up with what should be a lively panel debate with the session presenters.

Register now so you can represent your state and institution during the Longwood Graduate Symposium. See you there!

2010 Symposium Update

For the past few months, the Fellows have been working hard on all of the details of the Symposium, which is on Friday, March 5th. We are happy to announce that we have a full line-up of great speakers! Thanks to our Speakers Committee (Andrew Gapinski, Kate Baltzell, Shari Edelson, and Zoe Panchen) for coordinating all the details with our speakers.

Brochure Schedule at-a-Glance

Here’s a sneak peek from the brochure, which will go to print next week. And our website will soon have all the details of the day. Both the brochure and the website were designed completely in-house by our talented Marketing Committee: Jon Pixler, Laura Aschenbeck, and Rebecca Pineo.

Our Symposium is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors. This year, we have reached out to a strong network of local gardens, professional organizations, and horticultural sponsors. We have seen tremendous and generous support, both monetary and through in-kind donations! Thanks to the Guest Relations Committee, Dongah Shin and Dan Stern, for their dedication to this aspect of Symposium.

Check back here and on our Symposium website to follow our progress and learn more about the event! If you have any questions, please contact Keelin Purcell at

2010 Symposium: Save the Date!

The Fellows are already busy planning for the 2010 Symposium. Every year, the students coordinate and host a one-day event aimed at professionals in public horticulture and related fields. This year’s Symposium will be on March 5th and is entitled People, Plants, Collections: Making the Connection. Throughout the day, speakers will explore different ways that institutions can connect people to plant collections.


As you can see above, we have been hard at work developing branding for this year’s event. Thanks to Fellows Jon Pixler, Rebecca Pineo, and Laura Aschenbeck for designing and creating the wonderful logo!

We are now in the process of finalizing speakers and the schedule of the day. One exciting new development this year is that we are going to webcast our keynote speaker! Anyone interested in tuning in from afar can view this session free of charge.

Check back here and on our Symposium website to follow our progress and learn more about the event! If you have any questions, please contact Keelin Purcell at