Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The 3rd Annual, NYBG NYC-Area, Green Industries Intern Field Day Registration still open for the horticultural event of the summer 7/22/15

New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) and the School of Professional Horticulture (SoPH) invite all Green professional interns and an accompanying staff member to participate in the third annual Green Industries Intern Field Day tomorrow, Wednesday, July 22, at 10 a.m. for Hortie Hoopla III.

This Free event includes a full day of informative and inspiring sessions, including remarks from top horticulturists and garden designers, a career information session over lunch, tours of the beautiful gardens and Conservatory at NYBG, a plant ID contest, capped off with a BBQ in the early evening in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden.  
This event is for horticultural interns (18 and older), accompanied by one staff member from each organization.  Plans and a schedule can also be found at: http://www.nybg.org/edu/soph/hortiehoopla.php
Registration is required.  To register: Contact Eric Lieberman: elieberman@nybg.org or 718.817.8580.
Send the names and email addresses of each intern and staff person attending.  Don’t forget to include the organization you work with.  

Hortie Hoopla III - Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Check-ins begin at 9:30 am in the Ross Gallery with talks beginning at 10 am in the Ross Lecture Hall.

My Stories – Five inspiring bios by successful horticulturists who started as interns:
Karen Daubmann, Associate Vice President for Exhibitions and Public Engagement
Heather Liljengren, Supervising Seed Collector/Field Taxonomist, NYC Parks Greenbelt Native Plant Center
Rebecca McMackin, Director of Horticulture, Brooklyn Bridge Park
Jason Sheets, Brooklyn/Queens Regional Director, New York Restoration Project
Thomas Smarr, Director of Horticulture, Friends of the High Line
Thoughts on the Future of HorticultureKen Druse, award-winning garden writer, photographer, author of 20 books, and host of the weekly radio program Ken Druse/Real Dirt
Keynote Address: Keep Growing! An Abbreviated Anatomy of Cultivating Yourself and the Craft of HorticultureJared Barnes, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Horticulture, S.F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX

12–1 p.m. — Career Information Session and Lunch

The Career Information Session and Lunch take place in the Support for Science Pfizer Science building’s lobby and terrace, respectively.
Following the lunch are the Garden Visits that will take place from 1 to 4 pm.  

The nearly 200 attendees expected at this year’s Green Industries Hortie Hoopla III will break into smaller garden visit groups, cleverly broken into cohorts based on the attendees astrological sign. (Did NYBG determine the astrological couplings are compatible or simpatico??)  It’s in the stars!
Aries or Leo, will start at the (1) Native Plant Garden entrance pavilion
Sagittarius & Taurus – start at the (2) Thain Family Forest entrance, just past the Native Plant Garden entrance
Virgo & Capricorn – start at the (3) Azalea Garden entrance
Gemini & Libra – (4) Perennial Garden entrance
Aquarius & Cancer – (5) Conservatory - Palm Dome
Scorpio & Pisces – (6) Conservatory - Casa Azul
This is a great way to meet new people, and who knows, it might lead to some exciting things.  A job or a romance is not out of the question - after all, astrology is a kind of science too - albeit a pseudo-science - but based on relationships… And then there’s that magic - not unlike horticulture or botany or taxonomy or gardens....

There are a total of five gardens to visit.  

At each garden, there will be one “Mystery Plant” to identify.  A 6th Mystery Plant will be in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory Exhibition House, where the pyramid-like glass structure is located.

Also at each garden on the tour there will be three School of Professional Horticulture students who will talk to the guests/attendees about the hort sites and the plants there.  
This year’s elite SoPH students hail from around the globe, represent the best of what horticulture’s future leaders will be, and are fully engaged in the rigors of SoPH’s exclusive study program.  The attendees are sure to be inspired by them.  
While it’s true that I’m again a SoPH instructor this semester and wear my heartful admiration for the students on my sleeve for all to see, anyone - not just those like me who work with them - can readily see their “hort nobility” in the making..  
Attendees can also see the blockbuster Frida Kahlo Art Garden Life exhibition. (check out the NYBG website at http://www.nybg.org/frida/. ) For those with smart phones, check out the app http://www.nybg.org/fridamobile/.  There will be time to visit this exhibit between 4 and 5:30 pm.  

Everyone agrees that there's probably no better way to bond than over food and drink. So after all the more formal, educational and informative program elements featured throughout Hortie Hoopla, there's the chance to network and meet new and interesting people who share a common interest: a successful career in horticulture.  
Charles Yurgalevitch & Alexandria Bogo (2014)

The BBQ at the Family Garden starts around 5:30 pm after the conclusion of the garden tours.  Here’s where the real fun and games get going - amid the luscious, vibrant gardens there, in the picnic area - fueled by homegrown food - some from the Bronx’s famed Italian food nirvana better known as Arthur Avenue and beer from The Bronx Brewery.

Launched in July 2013, The New York Botanical Garden Hosts 'Hortie Hoopla ... the Green event was established to better inform young people interested in a career in horticulture, ecology, landscape design, and ecological restoration about the myriad possibilities and opportunities. Geared toward people who want to improve our environment and the world by working with plants, the event gathered more than 80 attendees from the East Coast.
Doubling the size in just one year, the 2014 event attracted about 160 attendees, demonstrating that horticulture and green jobs offer an exciting, burgeoning career option and further - interested candidates were keen to learn about changing opportunities and the chance to network with other green professionals.  Garden Encore: The Second Annual NYC Green Industry …
Few - if any - institution other than NYBG and its SoPH program has the reach and reputation to produce a program of this caliber.  
Hortie Hoopla is the brainchild of Charles Yurgalevitch, Ph.D., Director of the School of Professional Horticulture and SoPH’s dedicated and tireless advocate of the students and the exciting field of horticulture. (see the August 2013 overview post of the first Green Industry Hortie Hoopla)
The Garden extends its special thanks go to this year’s sponsors for their generous support that allows them to provide the free lunch and BBQ.
·        Mario Bulfamante & Sons
·        Metro Hort Group
·        Town & Gardens, Ltd.
·        Carl Schurz Park Volunteers
·        Trees New York
·        The Bronx Brewery
·        Bruce James & Pamela Moulton -- my Landscape Design Alumni Group and Metro Hort      associates.  Kudos to you!  What a good example.  Perhaps next year the LDSA can provide sponsorship..
Any anyone who is keen to support the diverse group of future green industry professionals can invest in this program.

See you at the Garden.  


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    1. Thank you, Arvie. Keep gardening. And keep reading Garden Glamour! - Share with your garden friends.