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Plant-O-Rama: General Information

Plant-O-Rama 2023

Back “in person” at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Monday evening, January 30, 2023, 6:00 pm, Keynote talk on ZOOM
Tuesday, January 31, 9:00 am-4:00 pm, Speakers, Trade Show & Jobs Fair at BBG

$45 TICKET for all talks, 8 speakers. Recordings of all talks will be available to ticket holders after the event through April 1, 2023. No refunds.

BUY TICKETS HERE
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FREE ADMISSION to Trade Show, Jobs Fair, Guided Walks, & Closing Party. No ticket required.

TRADE SHOW, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
40 exhibitors in BBG Palm House; wholesale & retail nurseries, pottery merchants, horticultural supplies and apparel. List in formation at www.metrohort.org/calendar/plant-o-rama

JOBS FAIR, 10:00 am –1:00 pm
35 organizations in BBG Steinhardt Conservatory lower level recruiting employees and offering seasonal internships. List in formation at www.metrohort.org/calendar/plant-o-rama

BBG GUIDED WALKS, 1:00 pm & 2:00 pm
Outdoor Plant Collections & Conservatory

CLOSING PARTY, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
BBG Palm House, end-of-day happy hour with DJ Star Dao.
For More POR information, contact bobhyland50@gmail.com or pmouiton1@mac.com, or visit www.metrohort.org

Monday Night Speaker on ZOOM

Monday evening, January 30, on Zoom
6:00 pm

Forest Rhythms; Hip Hop Environmentalism
Thomas RaShad Easley, Ed.D.
Explore new mindset and heart around diversity, equity, and inclusion in urban forestry. Dr. Easley offers advice to recruit and retain multicultural talent in natural resource disciplines and how to work side-by-side to increase canopy and green environment in an equitable way. Formerly Assistant Dean of Community and Inclusion in the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University, Easley now runs Mind Heart for Diversity Consulting.

Thomas RaShad Easley, Ed.D.

TUESDAY SPEAKERS @ Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Tuesday, January 31, at Brooklyn Botanic Garden
9:00 am & 1:00 pm

A Plantastic Future
Jared Barnes, Ph.D.
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.

Jared Barnes

BREAK-OUT SESSION SPEAKERS

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.

Sergio Moncada Leiva

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.

Anthony Bulfamante, Richard Pacailler, Whitney Parker

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.

Chris Pine

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.

Rebecca Kagle

Plant-O-Rama: Schedule

2023 schedule

Presented by Metro Hort Group

9:00 am & 1:00 pm

TUESDAY SPEAKERS @ 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 ParkertonParker 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.
 

1:00 pm & 2:00 pm

BBG Guided Walks
Outdoor Plant Collections & Conservatory

3:00 pm-4::00 pm

CLOSING PARTY
BBG Palm House, end-of-day happy hour with DJ Star Dao.

Plant-O-Rama: Exhibitors

PLANT-O-RAMA Exhibitors

2023 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

 

  • A.D.R. Inc. Bulbs (W) – flower bulb growers and wholesalers
  • Atlantic Nurseries, Inc. (W) - distinctive plants & products for 50 years
  • Barton Nurseries, Inc. (W) - quality landscape plants
  • Capital Garden Products (W & R) – fibreglass planters, garden pots, water features
  • Chief Mountain Farms (W) - specializing in native & wetland plants
  • City Tree Guards (R) - recycled HDPE tree guards
  • Colorblends Wholesale Flowerbulbs (W) - distinctive wholesale bulbs & color mixes
  • Emma’s Garden Growers (W) – wide variety of annuals, perennials, container plants, and more
  • Glover Perennials (W) - specialty ground covers & perennials
  • Half Hollow Nursery (W) - premier grower and distributor of quality nursery stock
  • Hicks Commercial Sales (W) - quality trees, shrubs, perennials & greenhouse plants
  • Kind Earth Growers (W) - native perennials for ecological restoration
  • Landcraft Environments Ltd. (W) - unusual annuals, tender perennials & exotic tropicals
  • Monrovia (W) – craftsmen in the art of growing over 4,000 varieties of trees, shrubs, perennials.
  • New Growth Designs (W) - artificial flowers, plants, and trees for the design trade
  • New Moon Nursery, LLC (W) – Eastern native perennials and grass liners
  • 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
  • Tintori Castings (W & R) – custom fiberglass planters, any shape, size, color
  • Womanswork (R) – women’s & men’s garden gloves, sun hats, skin care, and more.

These companies and organizations will have tables in the JOBS FAIR in the Steinhardt Conservatory at Brooklyn Botanic Garden on Tuesday, January 31, 2023, 10am-1pm.

List is in formation.

  • Atlantic Nurseries, Inc.
  • Blondie’s Treehouse, Inc.
  • Elevations Urban Landscape Design, Inc.
  • Landcraft Garden Foundation
  • Madison Square Park Conservancy
  • New York Botanical Garden
  • New York Restoration Project
  • Town and Gardens, Ltd.
  • Trust for Governor’s Island

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.