|Charles Yurgalevitch, Director, NYBG School of Professional Horticulture, welcomes all to|
Green Industry Intern Field Day III
I too bristled with excitement. There is the unmitigated pride that goes along with being a part of - and a huge supporter of The New York Botanical Garden Hosts 'Hortie Hoopla .../Green Industry Field Day. I’ve contributed, attended, and reported on all three Hortie Hoopla events, I’m happy to say. Plus this year, I have the distinct point of honor to see “my” School of Professional Horticulture (SoPH) students as role models and guides for the Green Industry intern guests. See, I’ve had the privilege to teach the SoPH students the last two semesters. They are incredible. The future of Horticulture is unmistakably ascendent with these dedicated students at the helm of a new Horticulture. They recognize it’s a plant-centric world confounded with climate change and yet at the same time, see a renewed dedication to protecting and invigorating our environment, stewardship, and sustainability. Make no mistake, they hold the keys to our future. And that they hail from around the globe and come to NYBG for the best in horticulture education and hands-on training only amplifies the “green” gravitas.
He launched his presentation with the query, “What is a garden?” Via funny, yet all-too-real advertising, YouTube Videos, and on-site/in-situ images, Ken showed how the business and world of horticulture has a public relations problem. From the commercial for powerful jet - blowers that screech and blow relentlessly in suburbia to the proliferation of the curious mulch “volcanos” punctuating the landscapes.
|Solid career advise from Ken Druse to next generation of Hort Professionals at Hortie Hoopla III|
- Terraform - Plants can change the environment they are growing in. For example Pioneer Plants create change. Legumes change the soil. So too grad and undergrad students at NC State. He brought them together -- and in the process, transformed the work environment.
- Bloom in the shadows - He showed heartstopping whitewater falls in NC and nearby - in the dense shade things can grow. There are trilliums by the thousands. “We have to get down on our hands and knees to see, they are so small. But there is no ‘Imposter Syndrome’ - or self doubt.” He admonished the audience not to harbor self doubt or a sense of failure or wallow in the shadows. “Do you think the trilliums are saying that? No! Find a niche and do it well. One day - you’ll be one of the giants.”
- Produce rings - He showed a tree’s primary and secondary growth each year. Likewise, he suggested the interns and students be observant and record their thoughts and images. “Take note - keep a journal of ideas, quotes, inspiration. Whether on paper” - he showed his journal - “Or digital i.e. “Evernote or Trello App or on smartphone -- you can capture ideas,” Jared said. “Gardening needs journaling - keep track.”
- Failure becomes Compost - In nature, a discarded something becomes something better. Nature is forever changing. So too, our failures shouldn’t inhibit us. We can learn from them. Do better.
- Explore the earth - pretty much what plants do even if they are mostly sedentary. He showed a strangler fig image - where the plant still manages to explore the earth. He congratulated the audience for being at the Garden for the event - learning and exploring and encouraged them to get the most out of their internships.
- Make secondary products - plants are extraordinary at doing this. They have lipids, sugars, etc. to aid in their survival and growth. His example was the leaves changing color in the autumn. We humans need to engage in primary and secondary pursuits or hobbies, including cooking, drinking, sports.
- Embrace Dormancy - Plants in temperate and tropics experience this. “We humans don’t embrace dormancy enough” He encouraged the audience to sleep and take vacations.
- Be a Symbiant and not a parasite. Jared’s hort eg is the symbiosis of the pea plant and nodules in the soil -- mutually beneficial. For humans, he said, think how we can connect and help our environment -- where we work and live and.. Think how you can invest in your network - help others. Don’t sap energy off other people. Don’t use social media to just “Like” Facebook posts. Form friendships - connect with others and help others in horticulture.
- Propagate - John Bartram and William “discovered” the Tree of the Month - Franklinia or Franklin Tree (Franklinia … in 1765 Franklinia but was never seen again in the wild. We have Franklinia today because they reached out and preserved it. He said we need to think about how we can reach out and preserve. Sow enthusiasm. Perpetuate clones. Graft interests. We need to teach kids about plants, too.
- Keep Growing - Plants keep developing; blooming. People too. Keep thinking how to grow - via lectures, books. Ultimately - show initiative.
|Speakers: (L-R) Yurgalevitch, Sheets, Smaar, McMackin, Liljengren, Daubmann, Druse, Barnes|