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Ideas for Impact: It’s In Danger and How You Can Help Class

Ideas for Impact: It’s In Danger and How You Can Help
Continuing Education

Dates & Price

Saturday, February 3, 2018
9:15 am–4:00 pm

Inclement Weather Date: Sunday, February 4, 2018

Fee: $89

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

9:15 am
Welcome and Overview of Longwood’s Environmental Stewardship

with Tom Brightman

9:30–10:30 am
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.

10:30–10:45 am

Break with coffee and snack

10:45–11:30 am
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

1:00–2:00 pm
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.

2:15–3:00 pm
Successful Case Studies

Learn about re-introduction and breeding programs in our region to combat the threats to endangered species.

3:00–4:00 pm
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.

2018 Continuing Education Catalog