Sponsored By: Metro Hort Group


PLANT-O-RAMA is Metro Hort’s annual Symposium, Trade Show, & Jobs Fair for Horticulture Professionals. It is our largest program of the year attracting 750 to 1,000 gardeners, designers, arborists, and educators working in public parks, botanical gardens, and private Edens in the New York City Tri-State region.

Monday, January 30, 6:00pm on Zoom
Thomas RaShad Easley, Ed.D.
Forest Rhythms; Hip Hop Environmentalism
Thomas Easley discusses new mindset and heart around diversity, equity, and inclusion in urban forestry. How do we work side-by-side to increase canopy and green environment in cities in an equitable way during a crucial time of climate change. Formerly Assistant Dean of Community and Inclusion in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University, Easley now runs his own business Mind Heart for Diversity Consulting, based in Raleigh, NC.

Tuesday, January 31; 9:00am & 1:00pm @ Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Jared Barnes, Ph.D.
A Plantastic Future
With all the challenges we face on Planet Earth, plants are poised to change the 21st century. In this enthusiastic keynote, Dr. Jared Barnes will share how we can sow passion, help gardeners take root, graft interests together, and much more to help the horticulture industry blossom. Associate Professor of Horticulture, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX.


10:30 am
Sergio Moncada Leiva, Getting to 30% Canopy Cover
Throughout NYC: Why, Who, and How. Learn about Forest for All NYC, a young and growing coalition of more than 70 member organizations, that seeks to achieve 30% tree canopy cover throughout NYC’s five boroughs in a just and equitable way.

11:30 am
Anthony Bulfamante, A. Bulfamante Landscaping; Richard Pacailler, Town & Gardens, Ltd.; Whitney Parkerton, Parker Meadows, Inc.; Mark Davies, Higher Ground Horticulture, moderator.
Sustainability Stories: Landscape Contractors Building a Greener Future. Hear from three diverse urban and suburban landscape contracting companies about responsible, changing practices, equipment, and green initiatives building toward a greener future.

1:00 pm
Craig Pine, Navigating the Tsunami of Plant Introductions.
The number of new cultivar and trademarked plant introductions for woody plants and herbaceous perennials is staggering and often confusing to buyers in the trade, let alone consumers. Craig Pine is Sales and Purchasing Manager at Half Hollow Nursery.

2:00 pm
Rebecca Kagle, Creating Native Meadows in the Urban Environment; Design through Management.
Explore how to design, install, and manage meadows in the urban environment. Rebecca Kagle is a designer at Larry Weaner Landscape Associates.