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Family Gardens: A User's Guide for Designers and Horticultural Professionals

The American Horticultural Society has been hosting The National Children & Youth Gardening Symposium for over 20 years and this year it will be held in Columbia, SC July 13 - 16. Staff members of the Memphis Botanic Garden attend almost year. Thanks to the Misner Scholarship Fund that promotes MBG staff training, four MBG employees will be in attending to network, learn, and act as resources to the horticultural community.

Chris Cosby, Senior Manager of Gardens, will be doing a lecture on " Family Gardens: A User's Guide for Designers and Horticultural Professionals."

Family gardens are challenging environments for designers and horticulturists. They must be aesthetically pleasing, botanically interesting, extremely durable, accommodate changing traffic patterns, and be relatively low maintenance in order to meet diverse user needs and educational objectives. At the same time, they must create an atmosphere of wonder and inspiration for visitors of all ages. Using My Big Backyard at the Memphis Botanic Garden as a case study, this session will explore the successes, failures, and lessons learned over seven years of continuous use. We will discuss short and long-term design strategies, plant materials, maintenance techniques, and working with education departments to create innovative seasonal exhibits, habitat for ecological studies, and an ever-evolving environment for learning.

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Posted by Memphis Botanic Garden at 8:29 AM


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