Historic Horticulture Dual Session: Session 1-Protecting Against Boxwood Blight; Session 2-The Maddening Crowd? Collections Protection Strategies to Welcome More Visitors into Your Garden
Event Type: 
Historic Horticulture
Date / Time: 
Wed June, 24 - 8:45am to 10:15am
Greenway H-I
Session 1: G. Jones, Longwood Gardens Session 2: M.A. Sifton, Brooklyn Botanic Garden; R. McMackin, Brooklyn Bridge Park; F. Jackson, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney; T. Smarr, Friends of the High Line

Session 1: Boxwood has long been a key plant in American public gardens. With the discovery of boxwood blight its future role is threatened. Attendees will learn about the steps Longwood is taking to protect our existing boxwood and future plantings against boxwood blight. This includes working closely with the nursery supplying plants, selecting more resistant species and cultivars, establishing quarantine for incoming plant material, implementing a cleanliness program based on cultural practices, and preventing suspicious plant material from entering the compost stream.

Session 2:How can you protect a garden's most valuable resources from the threat of large crowds and overuse? This session will provide proven strategies to help welcome more visitors into the garden while still preserving beauty and living collections integrity. Examples will be provided from the horticultural managers at Brooklyn Bridge Park, BBG, the High Line, and the RBG Sydney. How does Sydney manage close to a million New Year's Eve partiers every year? How does the High Line squeeze over 3 million people annually into its narrow and elevated garden promenade? How do you manage turf and trees in areas where recreation and large public assemblies are expected?

Click here to view the presentation materials from Session 1.

Click here to view the presentation materials from Session 2.