Every month, the BBG offers programs in the following areas:
Managing the Designed Landscape: Curating Collections in a Time of Environmental Change with Todd Forrest, Melanie Sifton and Joseph Charap
Moderator: Art Presson
Thursday, December 7, 6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
How do stewards of botanical gardens and arboreta manage the design projects within their grounds? What happens when landscape design conflicts with and curatorial goals, such as expanding diversity, and increasing specific species or classes of plants? What impact does climate change have on an institution’s plant collection and the plants selected for new projects?
Join us for a lively discussion of these questions and more with Todd Forrest of New York Botanical Garden, Melanie Sifton of Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Green-Wood’s Director of Horticulture, Joseph Charap. Our moderator, Art Presson, is Vice President of Design and Landscape here at Green-Wood.
Historic Landscapes as Venues for Sustainable Design with Larry Weaner
Thursday, December 14, 6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
For just under thirty years, renowned landscape designer Larry Weaner has urged America to rethink its love affair with the manicured lawn. Since establishing his firm in 1982, Weaner has pushed for “planned, natural landscapes” that eliminate the need for frequent mowing and other unsustainable practices, advocating native plants that have an ecological relationship to the indigenous landscape. Weaner is now one of the most sought-after and forward-thinking landscape designers in the world. At Green-Wood, he has just completed the first phase of redesigning the tiered slopes (dotted with nineteenth-century mausoleums) alongside the Historic Chapel. Through his thoughtful plant selection, he has introduced flora that might have grown here in the cemetery’s earliest days (1830s), creating a habitat for pollinators and wildlife. In this program, Weaner will discuss how historic landscapes can become pioneers in the field of sustainable design.
COST FOR EACH SESSION: $20; $15 for members of the Green-Wood Historic Fund and members of the Brooklyn Historical Society. Reservations are recommended. To make an online reservation or to find out more information, visit www.green-wood.com/toursevents or call 718-210-3080.
LOCATION FOR EACH SESSION: Green-Wood’s Historic Chapel: Enter through main gates at 25th St. & Fifth Ave. in Brooklyn Take the “R” train to 25th Street in Brooklyn and walk up the hill one block and into the Cemetery. Free parking is available.
The Hamilton College Arboretum features expert speakers in their popular Third Saturday Series. The Hamilton College campus has been designated as an arboretum. All events are free and open to the public and everyone interested in gardens and landscapes is encouraged to attend.
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is a historic public garden and educational institution. It promotes an understanding of the relationship between plants, people and place through programs that integrate science, art and the humanities.
NYBG offers programs in the following areas.:
The NYS Urban Forestry Council is a volunteer group, organized formally in 1999, to advise and assist the NYS Department of Conservation (DEC) in executing its Urban and Community Forestry policies.