Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Register for NYBG Second Annual Hortie Hoopla

NYBG's Fran Coelho, explains Plant ID to 2013 "Horties"
Last year The New York Botanical Garden and the School of Professional Horticulture hosted the first-ever, NYC-area, Green Industry Intern Field Day, "Hortie Hoopla," to increase awareness and inform young people interested in a career in horticulture, ecology, landscape design, and ecological restoration.
Geared toward people who want to improve our environment and the world by working with plants, the event gathered more than 80 attendees from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and even North Carolina, proving that horticulture is alive and thriving.
NYBG and the School of Professional Horticulture invite you once again to join us on Wednesday, July 23, at 10 a.m. for Hortie Hoopla II.
This free event is more than just fun and games. 
It includes informative and inspiring sessions throughout the day,
Director of SOPH, NYBG, Charles Yurgalevitch welcomes Horties to 1st Hortie Hoopla
including remarks from top horticulturists and garden designers, a career info session, a plant ID contest, and numerous tours, plus time to network and create contacts in the industry.  

This free event is for horticultural interns (18 and older), accompanied by no more than two staff members from your organization.
Registration is required. Please R.S.V.P. with the names and e-mail addresses of each person attending to Eric Lieberman, elieberman@nybg.org or 718.817.8580.
Space is limited, so register early. If you registered by June 30, your name was  automatically entered into a drawing for a $50 gift certificate.  I learned from NYBG’s Charles M. Yurgalevitch, Ph.D., 
Director, School of Professional Horticulture, there are just about 100 "Horties" already registered and the event will be capped at 125 – so don’t delay. Register now.
Just look at the extraordinary line up of talks and garden tours. And Hort “stars” including my garden idol, Lynden Miller, and Ken Druse - a true Hort treasure (I am a card-carrying member of the Ken Druse fan club!), along with Hort "Rock Stars" Uli Lorimer, BBG (we’ve had some grand times on the Martha Stewart Show- showcasing Uli’s plant knowledge for the domestic diva); and Nick Storrs – a smart, eloquent speaker and farmer who I’ve had the great pleasure of enjoying his talks at The Hort, this year’s Food Tech Conference and a tour of the Randall’s Island farm and rice paddy!
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Welcome – Charles M. Yurgalevitch, Ph.D., Director of the School of Professional Horticulture
My Stories – Four inspiring bios by successful horticulturists who started as interns:
Uli Lorimer, former intern and gardener at Wave Hill, now Curator of the Native Flora Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. 

Lynden B. Miller, public garden designer in New York City and director of The Conservatory Garden in Central Park. 

Annie Novak, co-founder of Eagle Street Rooftop Farm and Manager of NYBG's Edible Academy. 

Nick Storrs, former intern at the Last Resort Farm, now the Urban Farm Manager at Randall's Island Park Alliance.
The State of Horticulture in 2014 - Ken Druse, award-winning garden writer, photographer, author of 20 books, and host of the weekly radio program "Real Dirt."  
Ken Druse, 2013 Keynoter, Hortie Hoopla

Keynote Speaker - Joseph Tychonievich, freelance garden writer/speaker, plant breeder, and author of Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener.
12–1 p.m. – Career Information Session and Lunch
1–4 p.m. – Tours
Native Plant Garden, Azalea Garden, and Thain Family Forest
Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Home Gardening Center, Perennial Garden, and Ladies' Border
LuEsther T. Mertz Library, William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, and Pfizer Plant Research Laboratory

Plant ID Contest throughout the afternoon
5:30 p.m. to dusk – BBQ, fun and games in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden  

Early Registration for this year’s Green Industry Intern Field Day ends today.
By registering early, your name and the names of your interns will automatically entered in a raffle to win a $50 gift certificate! 

It will still be possible to register for this exciting event after today. 

If you know of other organizations with interns, please forward this to them.

I wrote about the successful Hortie Hoopla premiere last year – see the Garden Glamour post here: goo.gl/IP57nB

Sponsors of this year's Hortie Hoopla include Rodale Press and Town And Gardens.


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