Friday, March 5, 2010

The 2010 Longwood Graduate Program Annual Symposium was a tremendous success!

On Friday, March 5th all of our hard work came to fruition as we hosted over 140 professionals at Longwood Gardens for People, Plants, Collections: Making the Connection. We saw attendees from 12 states and 66 institutions, and had over 120 virtual viewers log in for the live webcast of our keynote session!

All of the speakers provided fantastic insight into our topic. Tim Merriman started off the day with a rousing discussion on how to foster emotional connections between people and collections. Galen Gates used his expertise to provide the collections planning perspective. Gail and Barry Lord presented on how cultural change has affected gardens throughout history. Jim Folsom and Kitty Connolly delighted us all, speaking about how to cultivate wonder among visitors. And Christine Flanagan led a breakout session that got attendees talking about planning strategically when facing real-life challenges. All of the sessions were recorded and will be made available through Longwood Gardens’ Green Stream in mid-May.

This year, over 20 organizational sponsors provided significant support for this event, and we would like to express our appreciation for their continued support of the Longwood Graduate Program Annual Symposium. Additionally, we would like to thank our Former Fellows for their contributions, support, and encouragement.

Thank you to all of the speakers, attendees, sponsors, Longwood staff, and LGP staff and fellows who made the 2010 Annual Symposium not only possible, but also a lot of fun!