Dates & Price
Saturday, February 3, 2018
9:15 am–4:00 pm
Inclement Weather Date: Sunday, February 4, 2018
As gardeners, we are all concerned about climate change, loss of habitat, invasive species, and other issues. What steps can we take in our own properties or workplaces to help with some of these environmental concerns? Spend an immersive day learning about what you can do and about fascinating endeavors to ameliorate these effects on our ecosystems. We hope you will be inspired enough to get involved.
Visitor Center Auditorium
Welcome and Overview of Longwood’s Environmental Stewardship
with Tom Brightman
Birds and Beans: Simple Ways to Save Migratory Birds
with Scott Weidensaul
Populations of many migratory birds are in drastic decline, but there are many things we can do to save them. Naturalist and author Scott Weidensaul explores the wonder and mechanics of migration, and the simple, effective ways we can preserve it, from what we plant in our gardens to what we pour into our morning mug of coffee.
Break with coffee and snack
Conservation Programs with Native Orchids
with Peter Zale
Nearly half of all orchids native to the mid-Atlantic region are rare, endangered or otherwise threatened in the wild and few of them are cultivated at public gardens. Longwood Gardens has developed a native orchid conservation research program focused on field work, seed collection, seed propagation, in vitro development, and garden acclimatization to development conservation collections of these plants for garden and restoration uses.
11:30 am–1:00 pm
Lunch on your own
Designing a Sustainable Home Garden
with Susan Barton
Join Landscape Design professor Susan Barton to learn about sustainable practices to employ on your own property. What are the benefits when you increase native plantings, replace lawns with groundcovers, or capture rain water? Susan’s ideas will help you increase biodiversity and wildlife, outfitting you with a landscape that supplies ecosystem services we all need for healthy living.
Successful Case Studies
Learn about re-introduction and breeding programs in our region to combat the threats to endangered species.
Finding the Next Generation of Horticulturists
with Susan Yoder
The horticulture industry struggles to find qualified candidates. University plant science programs are diminishing, yet there is growing support for plant-based movements such as farm-to-table and field-to-vase. So what gives? Seed Your Future is the movement to encourage more young people to pursue careers working with plants. Find out what you can do to help ensure the next generation of horticulturists!
Please remember that many courses are extremely popular and will sell out quickly. Register now to begin your journey in lifelong learning at Longwood Gardens.