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Rooted in Place Online: Annual Ecological Gardening Symposium

November 15, 2020 11:00 am to November 22, 2020 4:00 pm



Rooted in Place Ecological Gardening Symposium Online

Welcoming Wildlife and Diversity Into Our Landscapes

Offered online for the first time, BBG’s 5th annual Rooted in Place Ecological Gardening Symposium Invites you to create a new, environmentally sensitive vision by exploring the connection between the surrounding landscape and your home.

The symposium features four compelling lectures over the course of two days, November 15th and November 22nd, with sessions offered live through Zoom followed by question and answer periods. Recordings of the lectures can be accessed until January 1, 2021. 

Our expert presenters will examine the intersection of the wild and cultivated landscape while exploring ecosystem services offered by native plantings, including the role they play in our gardens.

Become inspired to plant gardens designed to support diverse and resilient ecological communities in the face of a changing world.

Conference Scholarships

A limited number of scholarships are available to provide a discounted conference rate.

Conference Presenters

Heather Holm is an award-winning author and nationally sought-after speaker, spending much
of her time passionately educating audiences about the fascinating world of native bees and the native plants that support them. Her first book, Pollinators of Native Plants, was published in 2014, and her latest book, Bees, published in 2017, has won six book awards including the 2018 American Horticultural Society Book Award. Heather’s expertise includes the interactions between native bees and native plants and the natural history and biology of native bees occurring in the Upper Midwest and Northeast.

Ulrich Lorimer is Director of Horticulture at Native Plant Trust. A longtime advocate for native plants in designed landscapes, Uli firmly believes that ecological gardening can help heal our planet and bolster biodiversity in all its forms. His work as a native plant and biodiversity advocate is informed by years of work in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Native Flora Garden, in the woodland garden at Wave Hill in the Bronx and even earlier at the US Botanic Garden.

Dr. Desiree Narango is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and current David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow. Her research interests include ecology and conservation in human-dominated landscapes, plant-animal interactions and community-driven science. Desiree has a PhD in Entomology and Wildlife Ecology from University of Delaware, an MS in Natural Resources from The Ohio State University, a BS in Environmental Biology from SUNY: ESF and nearly 15 years experience studying wildlife. She’s also an active birder and gardener who enjoys getting others excited about the natural world in their own yards.

Panel Discussion:

Bridghe McCracken, Founder of Helia Land Design, has over 20 years experience in land stewardship, as well as designing landscapes, gardens and beautiful food systems. Bridghe has
a BA in Biology from Colorado College, is a certified Organic Landcare Professional from the Northeast Organic Farmers Association, a certified horticulturist from MCLA, a Massachusetts Master Gardener, and a graduate and advanced practitioner of the Four Winds Society. In 2006 she began a partnership with Project Native as their chief landscape designer, which allowed her to stay abreast of the latest available native plants.

Drew Monthie worked in nurseries during high school and college and attended the BOCES horticulture program and SUNY Cobleskill, earning an AAS in plant science. After owning and operating a nursery and landscape business for many years, Drew returned to college for a BS in ecology and MA in ethnobotany. He now designs gardens, consults and teaches horticulture, botany, ethnobotany and ecology.

Rebekah Lamphere is the founder of Hartland Designs, Inc. created in 2001. She has a degree in horticulture with a focus on landscape architecture from Cornell University, and a degree in urban tree management from Paul Smith’s College. Rebekah creates inviting landscapes that accentuate the natural beauty of a site and that foster a client’s appreciation for and awareness of the world outside their door, while always considering the ecological impact of her designs - from watershed, habitat, pollination, and invasive species control. Rebekah is a certified Integrated Pest Management (IPM) technician, and holds a Certificate of Horticulture from Berkshire Botanical Garden. 

Past symposiums

2019 Rooted in Place Information

2018 Rooted in Place Information

2017 Rooted in Place Information

2016 Rooted in Place Information

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