Organic Approach to Managing Public Gardens
Event Type: 
Historic Horticulture
Date / Time: 
Thu June, 25 - 10:00am to 11:30am
Greenway B-C
T.A. Smarr, Horticulture, Friends of the High Line; R. McMackin, Horticulture, Brooklyn Bridge Park; T. Tiddens, Horticulture, Chicago Botanic Garden

Public gardens and urban parks are looked to as leaders in environmentally sensible approaches to managing beautiful gardens and landscapes. Historically all gardens were managed organically until the invention of inorganic chemicals. Today, organic practices are growing in popularity and necessity (as municipalities set stricter pesticide laws) many institutions are realizing the importance of establishing a site specific program. This talk will focus on encouraging ecological processes and biodiversity, building healthy soil biology, the benefits and limitations of organics, how to incorporate everyday into the operations along with team training, converting to organics, and management of a plant care program different sort of garden spaces.

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