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Plant-O-Rama 2022

We’re kicking off the 2022 garden year with another Virtual PLANT-O-RAMA. While we had hoped to return to Brooklyn Botanic Garden with in-person Trade Show, Jobs Fair, and Breakout Sessions, we have made the difficult decision to present our speakers and some of our Trade Show exhibitors online. With rising COVID-19 infections due to Omicron, the health and safety of all of us in our horticultural communities is our greatest concern.

Our online 2-day program is dynamic and a super value at $30.

  • Monday, January 24, 2022 - 6pm-8pm: Two Keynote Speakers on ZOOM
  • Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - 9am-4pm: 5 Speaker Sessions + 2 blocks of Trade Show Exhibitor Presentations on ZOOM

$30 POR Ticket Purchase Required. One ticket gets you online entry to both Monday evening keynote talks and all-day Tuesday presentations. REMEMBER - online seating is UNLIMITED. Get your friends to tune in from any where in the country and world. P.s. all talk times listed are Eastern Standard.

Get your Plant-O-Rama 2022 TICKETS NOW: HERE

SCHEDULE

Monday Night Speakers on ZOOM

Jimi Blake

Jimi Blake
6pm-7pm
A Beautiful Obsession: A Plantsman’s Journey in his own Garden
Jimi Blake, is a celebrated plantsman and author of A Beautiful Obsession: Jimi Blake’s World of Plants at Hunting Brook Gardens, published in 2020. Jimi takes us on a breathtaking journey through the newest and most exciting plants in his collection at Hunting Brook, his lush garden near Dublin, Ireland, and from his travels to other gardens and nurseries across the globe. He will share with you how he incorporates choice plants into his planting schemes at Hunting Brook. Be prepared for plant nerdism at its best. Your plant wish list is going to explode!

Abra Lee

Abra Lee
7pm-8pm
The Great American Garden Road Trip
From an extraordinary tale of espionage in the name of flowers, to familial ties to the Harlem Renaissance, join Abra Lee on a virtual road trip back in time and celebrate iconic plant people across America and their historic achievements. Abra Lee is a national speaker, writer, and founder of Conquer the Soil a community dedicated to celebrating the history and beauty of horticulture.

TUESDAY SPEAKERS on ZOOM

Wambui Ippolito

Wambui Ippolito
9:00am-9:45am
Designing a Winning Garden; the Story Behind a Best-in-Show Garden at the 2021 Philadelphia Flower Show
Wambui Ippolito is a horticulturist, landscape designer, and graduate of New York Botanical Garden’s School of Professional Horticulture.

Tom Christopher
Uli Lorimer

Tom Christopher & Uli Lorimer
9:45-10:30am
Did Your New York Native Red Maple Originate in Florida? The Importance and Challenges of Sourcing Truly Local Plants

Tom Christopher is author of more than a dozen gardening books and has written for The New York Times, The Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society, and Horticulture Magazine. Tune into his weekly podcast Growing Greener.
Uli Lorimer is former Curator of Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Native Flora Garden, now Director of Horticulture for the Native Plant Trust in Massachusetts.

Gwen Schantz
Will Axelrod

Gwen Schantz & Will Axelrod
10:30-11:15pm
Growing at Javits: The new Brooklyn Grange Farm on the roof of the Javits Center NYC extension boasts a water recycling system, rooftop orchard, and “mobile garden” with over 100 planters of native perennials.”
Gwen Schantz is Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer at Brooklyn Grange, overseeing major design and consulting projects in New York and beyond.
Will Axelrod is Project Manager for Brooklyn Grange’s Design/Build department, designing, building, and maintaining green spaces since 2016.

Adam Dooling

Adam Dooling
1:00-1:45pm
Winter Blooms in the City: It’s January; New York is cold. Despite this, there are flowers blooming everywhere in the city—if you know where to look.
Adam Dooling is Curator of Outdoor Gardens and Herbaceous Collections at New York Botanical Garden and a 2015 graduate of Longwood Garden’s Professional Gardener Program.

Bob Hyland

Bob Hyland
1:45-2:30pm
Tales of a Bi-Coastal Gardener; Adapting to Change in Plant Hardiness, Summer Drought, and Climate Extremes
Bob Hyland is former Vice President for Horticulture at Brooklyn Botanic Garden and co-founder of Plant-O-Rama. Currently principal of Hyland Garden Design and Contained Exuberance in Portland, OR.

Plant-O-Rama: Schedule

2022 schedule

Presented by Metro Hort Group

9:00am - 9:45am

​TUESDAY SPEAKERS - on ZOOM
Wambui Ippolito
9:00am-9:45am
Designing a Winning Garden; the Story Behind a Best-in-Show Garden at the 2021
Philadelphia Flower Show

9:45am -10:30am

Tom Christopher & Uli Lorimer
9:45-10:30am
Did Your New York Native Red Maple Originate in Florida?
The Importance and Challenges of Sourcing Truly Local Plants

10:30am -11:15am

Gwen Schantz & Will Axelrod
10:30am -11:15am
The new Brooklyn Grange Farm on the roof of the Javits Center NYC extension boasts a water recycling system, rooftop orchard, and “mobile garden” with over 100 planters of native perennials.

1:00pm - 1:45pm

Adam Dooling
1:00pm - 1:45pm
Winter Blooms in the City: It’s January; New York is cold. Despite this, there are flowers blooming everywhere in the city—if you know where to look.

1:45pm - 2:30pm

Bob Hyland
1:45pm - 2:30pm
Tales of a Bi-Coastal Gardener; Adapting to Change in Plant Hardiness, Summer Drought, and Climate Extremes

Plant-O-Rama: Exhibitors

PLANT-O-RAMA Exhibitors

2022 PLANT-O-RAMA
These nurseries, growers, pottery merchants, irrigation specialists and tree care companies will have booths at the TRADE SHOW in the Palm House at Brooklyn Botanic Garden on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 9am-3pm.

List is in formation.
(W) = Wholesale
(R) = Retail

  • Atlantic Nurseries, Inc. (W) - distinctive plants & products for 50 years
  • Barton Nurseries, Inc. (W) - quality landscape plants
  • Cape Lily (R) - floral design & garden travel
  • Chief Mountain Farms (W) - specializing in native & wetland plants
  • City Tree Guards (R) - recycled HDPE tree guards
  • Colorblends Wholesale Flowerbulbs (W) - distinctive wholesale bulbs & mixes
  • Glover Perennials (W) - specialty ground covers & perennials
  • Hicks Commercial Sales (W) - quality trees, shrubs, perennials & greenhouse plants
  • Janet Mavec Jewelry (R) - exquisite jewelry inspired by nature
  • Kind Earth Growers (W) - native perennials for ecological restoration
  • Landcraft Environments (W) - unusual annuals, tender perennials & exotic tropicals
  • Landcraft Garden Foundation - inspiring gardening, horticulture & environmental preservation
  • New Growth Designs (W) - artificial flowers, plants, and trees for the design trade
  • North Creek Nurseries, Inc. (W) - landscape plugs & liners focusing on eastern U.S. Natives
  • Pleasant Run Nursery, Inc. (W) - new & unusual containerized woody ornamentals
  • Rooftop Drops - irrigation & landscape lighting specialists
  • Siebert & Rice (W & R) - fine Italian terra cotta from Impruneta
  • Summerhill Landscapes - horticulture, project management & landscape design

These companies will be at the JOBS FAIR on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 10am-1pm.
List is in formation.

  • Blondie’s Treehouse
  • Green-Wood Cemetery
  • New York Botanical Garden
  • New York Restoration Project
  • Town and Gardens

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
mark.razum@gmail.com
Mobile: 646.483.3290 (voice or text)

Event Set-up
Monday, Jan. 27
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, various locations
10:00am-2:00pm
Set up Trade Show, Will-Call, Ticketing, MHG Membership Sales, Breakout Sessions, and Jobs Fair areas with chairs, 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 & locations
Shifts: 8:30 - 3:30 / 10:30 - 12:30 /
12:30 - 2:00 / 2:00 - 3:30
Sell raffle tickets for donated prizes. Drawings at 12:15 & 3:30pm in the Palm House.

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. 28
BBG Palm House
4:00pm-4:45pm
10 Volunteers to help break down tables and booths after event. Fold tablecloths, stack poles and signs.