The American Horticulture Association announces a series of speakers

The American Horticulture Society has announced a new national speaker series featuring current and past great American Gardeners Award winners and book winners. Since 1953, AHS has been using these award programs to identify and honor the best gardening champions in American gardens. The launch of this new dedicated Webnar series will further focus on these amazing individuals.

Includes 2021-2022 speakers Karen Washington (2018 Urban Beauty Award), Michael J. Balik, Ph.D.. (2020 H. Mark Katie Award for Excellence in Scientific Research), and Ne Smith (2012 Professional Award for Excellence in Public Garden Management). The series begins with the first discussion on Friday, October 8th. Each live program is hosted Holly Shimizu, Executive Director of the United States Botanical Garden in Washington, DC, and board member of the AHS, conducting lively and engaging conversations with speakers who touch their knowledge and experience. The interactive format of the program allows the audience to ask questions of the guests.

2021-2022 Speakers

Friday, October 8 at 4 p.m. (EDT) Karen Washington

Washington has been a community gardener and advocate in New York City since 1985. As a New York botanist, she is currently working with Bronx neighborhoods to turn empty lots into gardens. She has previously supported the Conservation and Conservation of the New York City Community Coalition as an advocate and former president. She will also be active with the La Familia Verde Vegetation Coalition, helping to launch an urban agricultural market to bring new vegetables to the community.

Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 7 p.m. Michael J. Balik, PhD

At New York Botanical Garden, New York-based ethnographer and author of the book, Balik works with indigenous cultures to record plant diversity, preserve knowledge of plant culture, and enable these communities to manage their resources in a sustainable way. In the process, it evaluates the potential therapeutic or medicinal applications for these plant resources. His latest project focuses on the tropical islands of Micronesia and Melanesia, documenting the diversity, environmental use and management of plant resources in support of a regional conservation plan.

Thursday, April 21, 2022, 7 p.m. Ne Smith

Ne Smith, the award-winning founder of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens from 1977 to 2018. He currently serves as the director of Wyomin’s only public garden. In addition to the AHS award, Smith received the Wyoming Governor Community Hero Award. 2011 Award from the American Public Garden Association; And the 2012 National Garden Club Awards for their contributions to horticulture and horticulture. He continues to consult other public gardens and provide the most modern greenhouse in Western Colorado.

Registration is now open for the October 8 discussion. It costs $ 10 for AHS members and $ 20 for non-members. To learn more, visit the American Gardener’s Home page.

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