We love visiting the horticultural team at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. They’re serious plant people and wonderful hosts. This past weekend, John Hoffman and Marketing Director Shannon Currey attended the Native Plant Symposium, which the zoo hosted.
Shannon was on the program to deliver a talk on grasses and sedges. She was joined by an impressive roster of speakers, and spending time with them was a big bonus. This was the lineup:
Mike Berkley of Growild, Inc. in Tennessee discussed pocket prairies and creating better plantings in urban environments.
Shana Byrd of The Dawes Arboretum in Ohio talked about their collection program for eastern native plants.
Steve Castonari of North Creek Nurseries in Pennsylvania discussed resources about pollinators and highlighted some of the best native perennials for pollinators.
Brian Jorg of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden shared how they plan, design, and build native gardens at the zoo.
Steve Foltz, also from the Zoo, highlighted native trees in the Cincinnati area, focusing on some of the most useful for ecological services.
The visit included several meals with the zoo team and other speakers, a full day of symposium activities, and a morning tour of Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum. The day before the symposium, Mike Berkley and John Magee, hosts of the Native Plant Podcast, interviewed two of the zoo guys for the podcast. Brian Jorg, Manager of Horticulture, and Scott Beuerlein, Horticulturist for the zoo, talked about their work with native plants. Both podcasts will be coming soon, We are partial to the podcast guys—they had Shannon Currey on the podcast earlier in 2016 to talk about grasses and sedges.
The entire weekend was a blast, and we’re happy to share some moments from our trip.
It will be hard to top this year’s native plant symposium at the zoo. Guess that means we’ll have to return for another try!
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