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    Pre-symposium: Dayton, Ohio


    This pre-symposium features Wegerzyn Gardens Metro Park, Cox Arboretum Metro Park,and The Miami Valley School greenhouse and gardens. Wegerzyn Gardens includes the Children’s Discovery Garden, opened in 2006 as a child-friendly place to discover, experience and love our world through gardening. Cox Arboretum is home to the Edible Landscape Garden, award-winning Tree Tower, and a native-Ohio Butterfly House, all used in year-round educational programs about sustainable horticulture, plant science, and conservation. The greenhouse and gardens at MVS are an integral part of the middle school’s “Human Ecology” program, an interdisciplinary field of study that examines interactions and relationships between people and their natural and human-made environments. Attendees will have the chance to meet staff, explore the grounds, and learn more about exciting program successes at all three sites. Lunch will be provided. 


    Pre-symposium: Columbus, Ohio


    Join us for a tour of local gardens doing great work in the Columbus-area community. At Inniswood Metro Gardens we’ll get a chance to observe their summer children’s programming and tour the Sisters’ Garden, featuring seven themed children’s gardens. Next we’ll learn about Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ innovative Growing to Green program, which works to promote and provide free community resources for community gardening and city beautification.  We’ll visit the Highland Youth Garden, one of the Growing to Green’s twelve hub gardens which serve as gardening education centers and inspirational resources for anyone interested in community gardening. This garden serves hundreds of youth in the community and area schools with nutrition and garden education programming, and we’ll get the chance to give back with a special service opportunity.  


    An evening at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens


    On Thursday we will head to Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens for small group tours, garden explorations, and an evening reception and dinner hosted and sponsored by Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Education staff will be on-hand in the afternoon to lead tours and answer questions about FPCBG’s gardens, plant and art collections, and other exhibitions. FPCBG is home to a large collection of glass artist Dale Chihuly's work, and there will be glassblowing demonstrations held in the Hot Shop. Afterward, FPCBG will host a reception and dinner--a perfect time to unwind and enjoy delicious food in a beautiful setting.     


    Post-symposium: Ohio Herb Education Center, Topiary Park, and Dinner


    After the symposium, join us for a final tour of unique Ohio sights and flavors. The trip will start in Gahanna, officially dubbed the “Herb Capital of Ohio” by the state legislature, with a “Crafting from the Herbal Garden” hands-on workshop at the Ohio Herb Education Center. Participants will learn about dried and fresh herbs and how they can be transformed into simple crafts for kids including culinary treats, bath blends, teas, wreaths, dyes, seed bombs, handmade herbal paper, and more. We’ll return to Columbus for a guided tour of the unique and artful Topiary Park, and end the evening with dinner at local restaurant The Table, offering “fresh, vibrant & conscious food to people that love food, by people that love food!”


    Special update on the National Initiative for Promotion of Horticulture


    Mary Meyer, president of the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS), will be at the Symposium to give an overview of the National Initiative for Promotion of Horticulture and how you can get involved. Horticulture offers many satisfying and rewarding career choices, requiring an increasing number of well-trained individuals, yet young people today are often unaware of the opportunities and diversity in this engaging field. The National Initiative plans to change this. The American Society for Horticultural Science along with Longwood Gardens, National Junior Horticultural Association, American Horticultural Society, American Public Gardens Association, and AmericanHort are spearheading the initiative. Over 150 industry, academic, public gardens and horticultural associations have agreed with the initiative to increase the awareness and advocacy of horticulture in the US. Learn more here.