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Plant-O-Rama: General Information

Plant-O-Rama Symposium 2022

Online Symposium
Monday night, January 24, 2022

Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Trade Show, Jobs Fair & Breakout Sessions


Symposium Keynote Speakers

Jimi Blake

Jimi Blake

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

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.

Plant-O-Rama: Schedule

2022 schedule

Presented by Metro Hort Group

8:00 am - 1:00 pm

​Advanced Symposium Purchase Check-in, Metro Hort Membership, Ticket Sales & Info / ROTUNDA-ADMINISTRATION BUILDING

8:45 am

Welcome & Sponsor Acknowledgments

9:00 am

Rebecca McMackin,
Lessons in Built Ecology

10:00 am

Bill Logan,
Tree Jazz
Book Sales/Signings immediately following

12:45 pm

Welcome & Sponsor Acknowledgements

1:00 pm

Rebecca McMackin,
Lessons in Built Ecology

2:00 pm

Bill Logan,
Tree Jazz

10:30 am - 11:15 am

New Garden Books, Tom Christopher, Ken Druse, Kim Eierman, Marc Hachadourian (book sale/signing immediately following)

11:45 am - 12:30 pm

Inside Out: The New Houseplant Revolution, Rebecca Bullene, Summer Rayne Oakes (book sale/signing immediately following)

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

Starting a Plant-Based Business for Next-Gens, Kat Aul Cervoni, Chris Freimuth

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Outdoor Tree Walks, BBG arborists Chris Roddick, Travis Wolf

2:15PM-3PM Marketplace: New Plants & Horticultural Products, Plant-O-Rama Trade Show vendors

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

TRADE SHOW / BBG Palm House - Free Admission

10:00 am - 1 :00 pm

JOBS FAIR / BBG Steinhardt Conservatory – Free Admission

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

USED GARDEN BOOK SALE / BBG Administration Building Rotunda
& RAFFLE TICKET SALES / BBG Palm House Raffle prizes announced at 12:15PM & 3:30PM

10:00 am - 3:00 pm

YELLOW MAGNOLIA COFFEE BAR/ BBG Steinberg Visitor Center; fresh pastries, soup, sandwiches, and beverages

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

YELLOW MAGNOLIA CAFÉ/ Lilly Pool Terrace; full-service dining – Reservations suggested.

10:00 am - 4:30 pm

BBG GARDEN SHOP / BBG Steinberg Visitor Center; garden books, seeds, plants, tools, and gifts for gardeners and the home.

3:00 pm- 4:00 pm


Plant-O-Rama: Exhibitors

PLANT-O-RAMA Exhibitors


These 36 businesses and nonprofit organizations had virtual Trade Show booths at PLANT-O-RAMA.

  • Atlantic Nurseries, Inc. - distinctive plants & products for 50 years
  • Bartlett Tree Experts - comprehensive tree care & planting
  • Barton Nursery Enterprises Inc. - quality landscape plants and products
  • Bayard Cutting Arboretum - Long Island, NY, public garden
  • Beds & Borders, Inc. - out-of the-ordinary annuals & perennials
  • Blondie’s Treehouse Inc. - design/build, green walls, interior plants
  • BIPOC Hort - professional support, educational advocacy group
  • Cape Lily - floral Design & garden travel
  • Capital Garden Products Ltd. - fiberglass garden pots & water features
  • Cavano’s Perennials, Inc. - fine container-grown perennials, grasses, ferns
  • Colorblends Wholesale Flowerbulbs - quality tulips, daffodils & specialty bulbs
  • Elevations Urban Landscape Design - artful fusion of horticulture & architecture
  • Garden and Structures Solutions, LLC - consulting for the green industry
  • Glover Perennials - specialty groundcovers & perennials
  • Hardscrabble Farms Inc. - trees & quality plants for landscapes
  • Issima - specialty nursery, under-cultivated, garden worthy plants
  • JC Ralston Arboretum - acclaimed landscape plant collections at NCSU
  • Janet Mavec Jewelry - exquisite jewelry inspired by nature
  • Kind Earth Growers - native perennials for ecological restoration
  • Madison Square Park Conservancy - urban park in NYC’s Flatiron and NoMad districts
  • Metro Hort Group – association of hort professionals in NYC tri-state region
  • New York Botanical Garden - premier 250-acre public garden in Bronx
  • New Growth Designs - exquisite lifelike flowers & greenery
  • New Moon Nursery - plugs & liners of North American native perennials/grasses
  • North Creek Nurseries - quality plugs & liners with focus on eastern U.S. natives
  • Organic Mechanics Soil Company - quality organic potting soil & amendments
  • PlantShed - premium flowers, indoor plants, botanical products
  • Pennoyer Newman - distinctive lightweight garden pots cast from estate originals
  • Rebecca Cole GROWS - garden, landscape, interior & floral design
  • Rooftop Drops - premier irrigation & landscape lighting for rooftops & balconies
  • Seibert & Rice - fine Italian terra cotta pots from Impruneta, Italy
  • The Trust for Govenors Island - park, historic buildings, climate initiatives
  • Tintori Castings - custom structural & architectural planters
  • Town & Gardens Ltd - comprehensive garden design, build & maintenance
  • Wave Hill - Bronx public garden and cultural center on the Hudson River
  • Womanswork - garden and work gloves designed for women

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, 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
10 Volunteers to help break down tables and booths after event. Fold tablecloths, stack poles and signs.