American Public Gardens Association’s Native Plants and Plant Conservation Symposium
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Moderated by Mark Richardson, Botanic Garden Director, New England Wild Flower Society
Panelists: Amy Highland, Director of Collections, Mt. Cuba Center; Annie White, Owner and Principal Designer, Nectar Landscape
Design Studio, LLC; Uli Lorimer, Curator of Native Flora, Brooklyn Botanic Garden; and Leslie Hunter Cario, Principal, Chesapeake Horticultural Services, LLC.
Deciding what native plants to grow for conservation initiatives or to introduce to the public involves many decisions about plant desirability, seed availability, seed collection practices, and propagation protocols. In this panel we will have representatives from large and small native plant propagation projects that have both conservation and marketing focuses. Discussion on how species are selected, who collects and processes seeds, ethical and conservation practices followed in seed collection, and collaborations that have proved useful will be discussed.