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Plant-O-Rama Symposium 2020

SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, January 28, 2020
24th Annual Plant-O-Rama at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

All BBG entrances open at 8am tomorrow, 1/28.

AM Symposium session sold out;
PM Symposium session limited tickets at door; first-come.
FREE EVENTS: no registration required.
TRADE SHOW, 9am-4pm
JOBS FAIR, 10am-1pm
BREAKOUT SESSIONS throughout the day.

PLANT-O-RAMA SCHEDULE - Download PDF to the right >
or if your are on a mobile device scroll down to DOWNLOADS

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 / 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.

Rebecca McMackin

Rebecca McMackin
Lessons in Built Ecology
Rebecca is Director of Horticulture at Brooklyn Bridge Park, now 10 years old. Designed by Michael Van Valkenburg Associates with ecology in mind, its woodlands, freshwater wetland, salt marshes, and meadows echo native ecosystems and bring nature home to a densely populated urban environment. Rebecca offers ecological strategies and management techniques for attracting and living in harmony with birds, bees, and beneficial wildlife, based on her hands-on urban park experiences.

In addition to directing and managing horticulture at Brooklyn Bridge Park, Rebecca McMackin sits on the board of the Ecological Landscape Alliance, is an ISA-certified arborist and a NOFA-accredited organic landscape professional. She is the current vice president of Metro Hort Group.

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 & Pots
2:15 – 3pm
Logan Kjep, Glover Perennials; Heidi Hesselein, Pleasant Run Nursery; Steve Castorani, North Creek Nurseries; Pamela Hull, Capital Garden Products; Dennis Schrader, Landcraft Environments

Plant-O-Rama vendors present new plants and pottery that will help you design, install, and maintain ecologically sound gardens.

Plant-O-Rama: Schedule

2020 schedule

Presented by Metro Hort Group at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

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

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.
  • All-Pro Horticulture
  • Atlantic Nurseries
  • Atelier O’Ryan
  • Bartlett Tree Experts
  • Barton Nurseries
  • Beds & Borders, Inc.
  • The Branch Manager
  • Cape Lily Travel
  • Capital Garden Products, Ltd.
  • Cavano’s Perennials, Inc.
  • Chief Mountain Farms, LLC
  • City Tree Guards
  • Colorblends Wholesale Flowerbulbs
  • DeLea Sod Farms
  • Emmas Garden Growers/Otto Keil Florist
  • Glover Perennials
  • Green Mountain Energy
  • Half Hollow Nursery, Inc.
  • Hardscrabble Farms, Inc.
  • Henry Leuthardt Nurseries, Inc.
  • Hicks Commercial Sales
  • Juniper Hill Inc.
  • Kind Earth Growers
  • Landcraft Environments Ltd.
  • Monrovia
  • New Growth Designs
  • New Moon Nursery
  • North Creek Nurseries, Inc.
  • North Fork Boutique Gardens Inc.
  • North Service Nursery, LLC
  • Organic Mechanics Soil Company
  • Peat and Son Nursery
  • Pennoyer Newman, LLC
  • The Plant Group, Inc.
  • The Plant Station
  • Pleasant Run Nursery
  • Prides Corner Farm
  • RareFind Nursery
  • Seibert & Rice
  • SiteOne Landscape Supply
  • Tintori Castings, Inc.
  • 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 )

  • AeroFarms
  • Atlantic Nurseries, Inc.
  • The Battery Conservancy
  • Battery Park City Authority
  • Bayard Cutting Arboretum
  • Blondie’s Treehouse, Inc.
  • Brook Landscapes
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • Brooklyn Grange Farm
  • Elevations Landscape Design & Build
  • Friends of the High Line
  • Garden State Gardens
  • Greenery NYC
  • Gowanus Canal Conservancy
  • Halsted Welles Associates
  • Harrison Green
  • Hicks Nurseries
  • Hudson River Park Trust
  • New York Botanical Garden: Horticulture Department
  • NYC Compost Project
  • New York City Parks and Recreation, Queens
  • New York Green Roofs
  • New York Restoration Project
  • Partnerships for Parks
  • Peat and Son Nursery
  • PlantShed New York Flowers
  • Queens Botanical Garden
  • Randall’s Island Park Alliance
  • Riverside Park Conservancy, Inc.
  • Solar One’s Stuy Cove Park
  • Stonecrop Gardens
  • Swale Designs
  • Town and Gardens, LTD
  • Trillium Landscape Design, LLC
  • The Trust for Governors Island
  • Urban Explorations
  • 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, 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.