Photography: Laurie Metzger
The Longwood Graduate Program’s Annual Symposium, Shifting Landscapes: Cultivating Connections with a Broader Community, is a little less than a month away! If you are on the fence about attending, let me paint you a picture…
When you arrive at Longwood Gardens Visitor’s Center, you are greeted by the Graduate Students and Longwood’s friendly staff. Beyond the glass doors, the garden steals your gaze, beckoning you into the crisp early spring morning. This is a special time in the garden. The fresh air invigorates you. Just as you begin admiring the spring bulbs, you catch a glimpse of the magnificent conservatory on the hill.
The scent of orchids intermingled with the aroma of fresh brewed coffee lead you to Longwood’s historic ballroom where your day of cultivating connections begins. You’re surrounded by stunning beauty and thought provoking conversation.
This year’s Symposium boasts fresh perspectives and a delicious menu. A Bistro style lunch will feature a variety of offerings from soups and salads to risotto cakes and vegetable dumplings. Fine meats and savory vegetarian options will leave no guest unsatisfied. Lunch will be held on the elegant Patio of Oranges with lots of opportunity for conversation.
This year’s Symposium will make use of advanced technology forums such as Twitter in addition to recognizable tools like chalk boards to help us creatively answer questions posed by our speakers. The multi-leveled discussion will spark imaginations and generate opportunities for growth in our public gardens. Interacting with on-line viewers in addition to those in attendance, will allow for collaboration between States and Nations!
The day will finish with optional behind-the-scenes tours of various aspects of Longwood Gardens in addition to an optional, limited seating session with speaker, Louise Chawla. Finish your day at the Symposium by prolonging your exploration and experience Longwood Gardens: Beyond the Garden Gates.
Please join us on March 15th 2013 for The Longwood Graduate Program’s Annual Symposium. Shifting Landscapes: Cultivating Connections with a Broader Community. To register, click here. See you there!