Tuesday, January 28, 2014 | 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

A Trade Show and Symposium for Horticulture Professionals

Plant-O-Rama is an all-day event featuring a free horticultural trade show, authors’ talks and book signings, and lectures by leaders in the professional gardening field.

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8 a.m. Registration
Administration Building Rotunda
9 a.m. Palm House Trade Show Opens for the Day—FREE to All

Morning Symposium Session – Tickets Required

8:45 a.m. Welcome and Sponsor Acknowledgment
9 a.m. Keynote
New Directions in Horticulture: A Layered Look at Plant and Garden Trends
David L. Culp, Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Sunny Border Nurseries
Dave Culp has his finger on the pulse of the nursery and horticulture industry, in particular, perennial plants. Hear Dave interpret “where we’ve been and where we’re going” and learn what’s up with layered planting styles, container gardening, demand for multi-season garden shrubs, “green” and other trending garden colors, native plants, naturalistic planting methods, and more. Dave is author of the award-winning 2012 book The Layered Garden: Design Lessons for Year-Round Beauty from Brandywine Cottage, copies of which will be available for purchase and signing.
10:15 a.m. Panel Discussion
What Will the Future of Horticulture Look Like?
Moderated by Ken Druse, garden communicator, author, and photographer
A group of young professionals offer a look into the future of horticulture in a challenging, fast-changing world. Topics include soil consciousness, water, public gardens, education, growing food, climate change, technology, social media, and making a living in our profession. We hope the audience will participate with questions and comments. See panelist list at Morning session speakers focus on public horticulture, garden design, and urban agriculture.

Afternoon Symposium Session – Tickets Required

12:45 p.m. New Directions in Horticulture: A Layered Look at Plant and Garden Trends with speaker David L. Culp
2 p.m. What Will the Future of Horticulture Look Like?
Afternoon speakers focus on nursery production and management, plants and conservation, and youth education.

Exhibits – Free Admission All Day!

8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Plant Catalog Display
Members’ Room
FREE! Take home 2014 plant and seed catalogs while supplies last.
9 a.m.–4 p.m. Palm House Trade Show
A Trade show with 50 exhibitors representing the NYC metro region’s premier specialty nurseries and wholesale growers, pottery distributors, horticultural suppliers, soil and compost companies, public gardens, and greening organizations. Exhibitor list in formation—check for updates.
10 a.m.–noon
1–3 p.m.
Author Talks and Book Signings
Lily-Pool Room
Leeann Lavin, Hamptons and Long Island Homegrown Cookbook
Bill Logan, Air: The Restless Shaper of the World
Susanne Lucas, Bamboo
Marta McDowell, Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life, The Plants and Places That Inspired the Classic Children’s Tale
Vincent Simeone, Grow More With Less: Sustainable Garden Methods
11 a.m.–3:15 p.m. Silent Auction
Classroom 236
Bid on plants and horticultural items donated by Plant-O-Rama exhibitors and sponsors. Proceeds benefit Metro Hort Group programs.
3:30 p.m. Closing Reception and Silent Auction Results
Palm House
10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. BBG Garden Shop
The Garden Shop at BBG’s Visitor Center carries books, seeds, plants, tools, and gifts for gardeners and the home.
10 a.m.–3 p.m. Terrace Café
The Terrace Café offers a delicious winter menu of soups, sandwiches, desserts, and beverages in the lower level of the Steinhardt Conservatory.

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
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