Session 1: Hurricane Sandy Benefits: Collaborative Research & the Consortium of Coastal Parks
Climate change is affecting public landscapes now. Research into managing existing landscapes and designing new ones is critical if our parks and gardens are to adapt. After Hurricane Sandy in 2012, a Consortium of Coastal Parks was formed by 15 public parks and gardens. We created a Best Management Practices protocol for storm preparation and response, and tracked plant response to flooding for over 500 species. This presentation will cover preliminary results from the research of the Consortium, as well as discuss the process, benefits, and necessity of collaborative research initiatives in preparation for climate change.
Presenters: R. McMackin, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, New York.
Session 2: Running a Production Nursery with a Conservation Focus in the Public Eye
To be tenable in the modern age, botanical gardens are obligated to be more than just display gardens but are called to be active parts of their community, both locally and globally. An open-propagation greenhouse can renew interest in a garden’s mission and increase public understanding of the often invisible logistics involved in day-to-day operations. This presentation will examine what it means for a botanical garden to take a typically behind-the-scenes propagation area and turn it into a public hub of activity. The interface challenges that arise and how NTBG has addressed them will also be covered. This session will demonstrate propagation areas to education, volunteerism, and gardens can foster feelings of stewardship in both local and visitor populations while also creating interest in science and conservation career fields.
Presenters: A.L. Trask, National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kalaheo, Hawaii.