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Plant-O-Rama: General Information

Plant-O-Rama Symposium 2020

SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, January 28, 2020

24thannual Plant-O-Rama at Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Plant-O-Rama is a multi-faceted 1-day event for horticultural professionals and garden designers featuring a Symposium, Trade Show, Jobs Fair, Breakout Sessions, and garden walks in BBG’s plant collections (weather permitting).

Morning & Afternoon Sessions in BBG’s Auditorium (See SYMPOSIUM KEYNOTE SPEAKER descriptions below)
Morning Session: 8:45am-11:00am / Afternoon Session: 12:45pm-3:00pm
Online Registration open now
Reserve seats HERE

Become a 2020 Plant-O-Rama sponsor!
Please join us as we build our sponsor group for 2020.
DOWNLOAD our 2020 Sponsorship Form to the right >

TRADE SHOW (in BBG’s Palm House)
A horticultural trade show in the beautiful glass Palm House accommodates 40 vendors (wholesale and retail nurseries, growers, pottery merchants, and suppliers of horticultural hard goods).
DOWNLOAD our Trade Show Exhibitor Reservation form to the right >
You can also register and pay online HERE

JOBS FAIR (in BBG’s Steinhardt Conservatory)
A marketplace of 35-40 horticultural businesses, civic organizations and nonprofits offering job opportunities for the 2020 garden season.
DOWNLOAD our Jobs Fair Exhibitor Reservation form to the right >
You can also register and pay online HERE

Bob Hyland, Plant-O-Rama manager
518.929.0699 voice/text

Symposium Keynote Speakers

William Bryant Logan

William Bryant Logan

William Bryant Logan
Tree Jazz
Planting trees is one of the best ways to mitigate climate change, but we need to stop treating trees as furniture and decoration and think about them as living beings with personal pronouns. Like in jazz music with just a few notes to make an infinite number of melodies, trees with just 3 organs are able to create infinite forms. In his talk, Bill reminds us to have “real” relationships with our trees on city streets and in gardens we design and maintain. He examines tree architecture, resilience, and life cycle and what that means for pruning and care.

Bill Logan is a practicing New York arborist and the author of four acclaimed books: Dirt, Oak, Air, and the most recent, Sprout Lands: Tending the Endless Gift of Trees.

Margaret Roach

Margaret Roach
A Way to Garden: Cultivating Connections
Margaret calls the garden “part Buddhist retreat and part science laboratory.” More all the time, her interest lies beyond “outdoor decorating”, focusing instead on what we as garden makers, and our clients, too, can derive from all this effort besides pretty pictures. What connection to, and understanding of, the natural world can we harvest, and how? Field guides become as important as garden books, as we strive to understand things like what birds and other beneficials we can realistically attract and benefit in our gardens. We’ll explore how to find room even in established “collector” landscapes for more pollinator-sustaining natives, without starting over, and practice the most ecologically minded methods, without sacrificing beauty.

Margaret Roach, after 15 years at Martha Stewart Living and a decade each at Newsday and The New York Times, now writes the nationally acclaimed blog, A Way to Garden (dot com) and the companion podcast of the same name.

Breakout Sessions

Four Breakout Sessions in the BBG Visitor Center, plus Plant Walks on BBG grounds:

New Books from Regional Garden Communicators
10:30am – 11:15am
Hear how these new books came to be and why they should be in your garden library. Books available for purchase and signing following the session.

  • Tom Christopher, Nature into Art: The Gardens of Wave Hill
  • Ken Druse, The Scentual Garden: Exploring the World of Botanical Fragrance
  • Kim Eierman, The Pollinator Victory Garden: Win the War on Pollinator Decline with Ecological Gardening
  • Marc Hachadourian, Orchid Modern: Living and Designing With the World’s Most Elegant Houseplant

Inside Out: The New Houseplant Revolution
11:45am– 12:30pm
Rebecca Bullene, Greenery Unlimited
Summer Rayne Oakes, Homestead Brooklyn and How to Make a Plant Love You
Scroll through Instagram, Facebook, or YouTube feeds, and you’ll see that houseplants have taken center stage—from Monstera to Hoya. As a matter of fact, daily views related to “houseplants” grew over 60% last year on YouTube alone. Speakers discuss how the houseplant trend has taken hold—both virtually and in real life, what the hottest plants are at the moment, and where the trends in home horticulture are heading.

Starting a Garden Business for Next-Gens
1:15pm – 2pm
Chris Freimuth & Kat Aul Cervoni
Being a gardener is one thing - being a garden business owner, especially in NYC, is quite another. If you’re looking to establish your own business but don’t know where to start, come chat with us. From insurance and taxes to payroll and management, we’ll break down the components of a healthy business and walk you through what you need to turn your passion into a profession.

Tree Walks at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
2 – 3pm (weather permitting)
Chris Roddick, Travis Wolf, BBG arborists
Look at trees in a new light after hearing Bill Logan’s talk on Tree Jazz. Brooklyn Botanic Garden has a diverse collection of woody plants. See unusual and commonly grown trees up close and personal with BBG arborists and hear how they care for them in ever-challenging urban conditions and climate change.

Marketplace: New Plants & Horticultural Products
2:15 – 3pm
Presenter list in formation
Plant-O-Rama vendors present new plants, pottery, and horticultural products that will help you design, install, and maintain ecologically sound gardens.

Plant-O-Rama: Schedule

The schedule from 2019 is posted as a reference. The 2020 schedule will post December 1, 2019

Presented by Metro Hort Group at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

8:00 am - 2:00 pm

​Advanced Symposium Purchase Check-in, Metro Hort Membership, Ticket Sales & Info: Rotunda—Administration Building

8:30 am - 3:00 pm

​Used Garden Book Sale: Library—Administration Building

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

​Horticultural Trade Show: Palm House (Free Admission)

9:00 am - 2:00 pm

​Jobs Fair: Steinhardt Conservatory—Lower Level (Free Admission)

8:30 am - 2:00 pm

Raffle Ticket Sales: Auditorium Lobby & Other Locations

12:30 pm

Raffle Drawing: Steinberg Visitor Center

2:00 pm

Raffle Drawing: Auditorium—Administration Building

10:00am - 3:00pm

Coffee Bar: Steinberg Visitor Center

Grab ‘n’ go lunch

11:00am - 4:00pm

Yellow Magnolia Café: Lily Pool Terrace (Reservations Suggested)

Full-service dining

Plant-O-Rama: Exhibitors

2020 Trade Show Exhibitors

2020 Trade Show exhibitor reservations are OPEN until January 15, 2020 (if spaces are still available)
(40 exhibitors representing NYC trip-state region specialty nurseries, wholesale growers, horticultural product and pottery suppliers, soil and compost companies, and more in BBG’s glorious Palm House).

  • A.D.R Bulbs, Inc.
  • Atlantic Nurseries
  • Bartlett Tree Experts
  • Barton Nurseries
  • Beds & Borders
  • The Branch Manager
  • Capital Garden Products
  • Cavano’s Perennials
  • Chief Mountain Farms, LLC.
  • City Tree Guards
  • Colorblends Wholesale Flowerbulbs
  • Emmas Garden Growers/Otto Keil Florist
  • Glover Perennials
  • Green Mountain Energy
  • Half Hollow Nursery
  • Hardscrabble Farms
  • Henry Leuthardt Nurseries
  • Hicks Commercial Sales
  • Kind Earth Growers
  • Handicraft Environments
  • New Growth Designs
  • New Moon Nursery
  • North Creek Nurseries
  • North Fork Boutique Gardens Inc.
  • North Service Nursery, LLC.
  • Organic Mechanics Soil Company
  • Peat and Son Nursery
  • Pennoyer Newman Garden Planters
  • Pleasant Run Nursery
  • RareFind Nursery
  • Seibert & Rice Terra Cotta
  • SiteOne Landscape Supply
  • Tintori Castings
  • Winding River Nursery and Garden Supply

2020 Jobs Fair Exhibitors

2020 Jobs Fair exhibitor reservations are OPEN until January 15, 2020 (if spaces are still available)
(35 exhibitors in BBG’s Steinhardt Conservatory promoting jobs, volunteer opportunities, and seasonal internships )

  • Atlantic Nurseries
  • Battery Park City Authority
  • Bayard Cutting Arboretum
  • Blondie’s Treehouse
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Continuing Education
  • Elevations Landscape Design & Build
  • Emma’s Garden Growers
  • Friends of the High Line
  • Greenery NYC
  • Green Mountain Energy
  • Groundworks
  • Halsted Welles Associates
  • Harrison Green
  • Hicks Nurseries
  • Hudson River Park Trust
  • New York Botanical Garden:Horticulture Department
  • New York City Parks and Recreation, Queens
  • New York Green Roofs
  • New York Restoration Project
  • Peat and Son Nursery
  • Randall’s Island Park Alliance
  • Riverside Park Conservancy
  • Stonecrop Gardens
  • Trillium Landscape Design, LLC
  • The Trust for Governors Island
  • Wave Hill

Plant-O-Rama: Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers Needed!

It takes a village of volunteers to run Plant-O-Rama. Join our team.

FOR INFO: Mark Razum
Mobile: 646.483.3290 (voice or text)

Event Set-up
Monday, Jan. 27
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, various locations
Set up Trade Show, Will-Call, Ticketing, MHG Membership Sales, and Jobs Fair areas with tables and tablecloths.

Exhibitor Load-in and Set-up
Tuesday, Jan. 28
BBG Loading Dock
Shift: 7:15am-8:45am
Need 2-3 people for Exhibitor load-in & set-up at BBG Loading Dock. Help vendors unload and find their tables.

Same-Day Ticket Sales & MHG Membership Sales
Tuesday, Jan. 28
BBG Rotunda
Shifts: 7:45-10:30 / 10:30-1:00
Sell Symposium tickets to those who did not pre-purchase. Answer questions and direct people to appropriate check-in
area in the Rotunda. Promote and answer questions about MHG membership; review forms and collect dues.
Assist with Ticket Sales if necessary.

Raffle Ticket Sales
Tuesday, Jan. 28
BBG Palm House
Shifts: 8:30 - 10:30 / 10:30 - 12:30 /
12:30 - 2:00 / 2:00 - 3:30
Sell raffle tickets for donated prizes. Drawings at 12:15 & 3:30pm

Breakout Session Setup
Tuesday, Jan. 28
BBG Visitor Center
8:00 – 9:00
Meet MHG Board Member loading in and setting up AV equipment and room for all sessions.

Breakout Session MC and Facilitator
Tuesday, Jan. 28
BBG Visitor Center
Shifts: 9:45am-11:30am / 11:30am-12:45pm / 12:45pm-2:00 / 1:45pm - 3:15pm
Interface with MHG Board Member. Help Breakout Session speakers set up. Introduce speakers to attendees.
Assist speakers as needed during sessions. Assist MHG Board Member with breakdown and load out.

Trade Show Monitors
Tuesday, Jan. 28
BBG Palm House
Shifts: 8:45-11:00 / 11:00-1:00 / 1:00-3:00 / 3:00-4:45
Assist vendors as needed; answer questions about schedule, lunches, etc. Oversee Raffle Sales.
If necessary, use PA system to make announcements about program schedule and events.

Jobs Fair Monitors
Tuesday, Jan. 28
BBG Steinhardt Conservatory
Shifts: 9:00-11:00 / 11:00-1:00
Help exhibitors find their tables and set-up. Assist exhibitors as needed. Answer questions, note ideas for future events.

Event Take-Down
Tuesday, Jan. 29
BBG Palm House
10 Volunteers to help break down tables and booths after event. Fold tablecloths, stack poles and signs.