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Plant-O-Rama: General Information

Plant-O-Rama was a big success.

Our attendance was 1,125 for the day. Five hundred fifty people heard keynote speaker Roy Diblik and watched the screening of the documentary Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf; 40 vendors showcased plants, pottery, and garden products in the Palm House Trade Show; 37 Jobs Fair exhibitors talked to prospective employees and volunteers; and 350 sat in on Breakout Sessions.

Click on this link* to hear Roy Diblik’s keynote talk on Top 40 Perennials for Urban Environment.

Click here to download Roy’s PLANT LIST for his talk.

Click here to download the lists of Trade Show exhibitors and Jobs Fair vendors at the Show.

*Thank you to Heritage Radio Network, our POR media sponsor, for providing this recording!

Weather Forecast

Maybe some snow showers the night before & light rain on Tuesday, but the Show goes on!

***NOTE: Brooklyn Botanic Garden and Plant-O-Rama registration open at 8AM. ***The Garden’s Eastern Parkway entrance is closed due to construction. Please enter at 990 Washington Avenue (parking lot), 1000 Washington Avenue or 455 Flatbush Avenue entrances.

P.S. There’s no charge to enter BBG on winter weekdays.

SYMPOSIUM SEATS for Roy Diblik and Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf have sold outin both the AM & PM sessions.

Very limited seating may become available with cancellations and no-shows at the door on a first-come basis. Metro Hort members $30; non-members $65

***Don’t stay home because you don’t have a reserved Auditorium seat!!

Plant-O-Rama is much more than a Symposium…it’s a mid-winter horticultural LOVE FEST with a FREE Horticultural Trade Show, Jobs Fair & Breakout Sessions!

Keynote Speaker

Roy Diblik, Top 40 Perennials for Urban Environments

Roy Diblik

Co-owner, Northwind Perennial Farm, Burlington, WI

Author of The Know Maintenance Perennial Garden, Timber Press 2014

Noted plantsman and designer Roy Diblik specializes in highly aesthetic, ecologically directed, and emotionally charged plantings for all seasons, while reducing maintenance through design. He is widely recognized as the plantsman behind Piet Oudolf’s midwestern garden designs, including the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park in Chicago. In his talk, Roy showcases his top perennial picks for urban gardens, parks, and landscapes.

The SYMPOSIUM includes screenings of the acclaimed documentary Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf, with an introduction by director Tom Piper. In this moving documentary, landscape designer Piet Oudolf describes his creative process, from abstract sketches to his theories on beauty and color.

Plant-O-Rama: Schedule

Tuesday, January 29, 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

Trade Show Exhibitors

(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
  • Dragonetti Brothers Landscaping, Nursery & Florist
  • Cavano’s Perennials
  • Chief Mountain Farms
  • City Tree Guards
  • Colorblends Wholesale Flowerbulbs
  • Cricket Hill Garden
  • Emmas Garden Growers/Otto Keil Florist
  • The Garden Dept. Corp.
  • Glover Perennials
  • Green Mountain Energy
  • Half Hollow Nursery
  • Hardscrabble Farms
  • Henry Leuthardt Nurseries
  • Hicks Commercial Sales
  • Kind Earth Growers
  • Landcraft Environments
  • Morano Landscape Garden Design
  • New Moon Nursery
  • North Creek Nurseries
  • North Service Nursery
  • Organic Mechanics Soil Company
  • Peace Tree Farm
  • Pennoyer Newman Garden Planters
  • The Plant Station
  • Pleasant Ru2019n Nursery
  • RareFind Nursery
  • Seibert & Rice Terra Cotta
  • SiteOne Landscape Supply
  • Stone House Nursery
  • Tintori Castings
  • Urban Garden Center

Jobs Fair Exhibitors

JOBS FAIR (35 exhibitors in BBG’s Steinhardt Conservatory promoting jobs, volunteer opportunities, and seasonal internships )

  • Atlantic Nurseries
  • Bartlett Tree Experts
  • The Battery Conservancy
  • Battery Park City Parks
  • Bayard Cutting Arboretum
  • Blondie’s Treehouse
  • Broken Arrow Nursery
  • Brook Landscape
  • Brooklyn Bridge Park
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Continuing Education
  • Brooklyn Grange Farm
  • Dragonetti Brothers Landscaping, Nursery & Florist
  • Elevations Landscape Design & Build
  • Emma’s Garden Growers
  • Friends of the High Line
  • Gowanus Canal Conservancy
  • Greenery NYC
  • Green Mountain Energy
  • Groundworks
  • Halsted Welles Associates
  • Harrison Green
  • Hicks Nurseries
  • Hudson River Park Trust
  • New York Botanical Garden
  • New York City Parks and Recreation, Queens
  • New York Green Roofs
  • New York Restoration Project
  • Plantshed
  • Queens Botanical Garden
  • Randall’s Island Park Alliance
  • Riverside Park Conservancy
  • Stonecrop Gardens
  • Town & Gardens
  • Trillium Landscape Design
  • 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. 28
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, various locations
Set up Trade Show, Will-Call, Ticketing, MHG Membership Sales, and Jobs Fair areas.

Exhibitor Load-in and Set-up
Tuesday, Jan. 29
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. 29
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.

Trade Show Monitors/MCs
Tuesday, Jan. 29
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. Use PA system to make announcements about program schedule and events.

Jobs Fair Monitors
Tuesday, Jan. 29
BBG Steinhardt Conservatory
Shifts: 8:00-11:30 / 11:30-2:30
Help exhibitors find their tables and set-up. Assist exhibitors as needed. Answer questions, note ideas for future events.

Raffle Sellers
Tuesday, Jan. 29
BBG Education Classrooms
Rove around BBG selling raffle tickets for items on display in the BBG Education Classrooms

Speaker Assistants
Tuesday, Jan. 29
Auditorium Lobby
8:30am-10:15am / 12:30pm-2:15pm
Greet and assist speaker. Escort to book signing and lunch. Act as microphone runner during speaker Q&A.

Breakout Session Monitors
Tuesday, Jan. 29
BBG Visitor Center
Shifts: 9:30am-11:00am / 11:00am-12:30pm / 12:30pm-2:00pm / 2:00pm-3:15pm
Help Breakout Session speakers set up. Assist with AV equipment (previous technical experience helpful!). Assist speaker as needed during sessions.

Event Take-Down
Tuesday, Jan. 29
BBG Palm House
Break down tables and booths after event. Fold tablecloths, stack poles and signs