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HortiCULTURAL Landscapes Symposium

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Dejope Residence Hall, Mendota Room

640 Elm Drive

Madison, WI 53706

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Public gardens tell the stories of their communities’ natural and cultural commonwealth. Through the art and science of interpretation, they use these stories to build strong communities through provoking important conversations among their audiences: the process connects people to plants, but also connects people to one another. This is the power of plants and public gardens.

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Friday, April 13, 2018 | Horticulture Origin Stories | 6–7:30pm

This casual meet-and-mingle panel discussion will help you get to know this year's featured speakers while getting to know your fellow attendees.


Saturday, April 14, 2018 | HortiCULTURAL Landscapes Symposium | 9am–4pm

HortiCULTURAL Landscapes: Telling the Story of Place through Plants, explores stories from four exceptional public gardens across the United States.

Shari Edleson | Director of Horticulture and Curator for the Arboretum at Penn State

Gardens are places where people relax, enjoy the natural world, or gather design inspiration – but they are also full of compelling and sometimes surprising stories. These tales may be “written” into the entire landscape, communicated by design choices, or even revealed by a significant specimen plant. In all their forms, garden narratives help forge connections between people and landscapes. In this session, we will examine how our landscapes communicate, and how we can harness the power of gardens to tell stories that inspire, connect, and even motivate action.

Peter Hatch | Emeritus Director of Gardens and Grounds at Monticello

Thomas Jefferson wrote that "the greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture," and Monticello's 1,000-foot-long, terraced vegetable garden became an experimental laboratory, an Ellis Island of new and unusual vegetable novelties from around the globe. While growing over 330 vegetable and 170 fruit varieties. Jefferson was also a pioneer in supporting farmer's markets and promoting vegetable cookery. This revolutionary garden resulted in a revolutionary cuisine in the kitchen at Monticello. Restored in 1984, the garden and the Jefferson legacy continue to inspire the farm to table movement today.

Ian Simpkins | Deputy Director for Horticulture & Urban Agriculture at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Vizcaya, a national historic landmark featuring one of the best European inspired gardens in the United States, was a place of mystery and intrigue during its creation 100 years ago. Explore the influences and influencers that made the Vizcaya gardens what they are today.

Jeff Downing | Executive Director of Mt. Cuba Center

Tucked in the rolling hills of the Brandywine Valley out of Philladelphia, Mt. Cuba Center features the most renowned naturalistic gardens in the eastern U.S. Incorporating upland forests and meadows as well as scenic lowland ponds and formal gardens, Lammot and Pameal Copeland transformed their estate from fallow cornfields into thriving, ecologically functional gardens. Today, Mt. Cuba Center continues to advance the Copeland’s vision, inspiring new generations to appreciate the beauty and value of native plants and healthy ecosystems.

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Madison, WI 53706

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