- Pam Allenstein chatting with Dongah, Kate and Kathryn at the registration table.
- Symposium registrants chatting before the morning speakers
- Dr. Tim Merriman, the Executive Director of the National Association for Interpretation, speaks on, "Best Practices for Interpretation: Forging Emotional Connections".
- We had a full house this year; nearly 150 were in attendance!
- Dan chatting with a registrant at the sponsorship table.
- Mr. Galen Gates, the Director of Plant Collections at the Chicago Botanic Garden, presents on, "Developing and Integrating Living Plant Collections".
- Symposium Leader Keelin Purcell and next year's Leader, Dongah Shin.
- Participants enjoyed a delicious lunch.
- Second Year Fellow Dan Stern and Dr. Lyons
- Enjoying some networking and food!
- Ms. Gail Dexter Lord and Mr. Barry Lord, Presidents of Lord Cultural Resources, present the keynote session entitled, "Cultural Change and Public Gardens".
- Dr. Jim Folsom, the Marge and Sherm Telleen/Marion and Earle Jorgensen Director of the Botanical Gardens, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, presents on "Cultivating Wonder" with Ms. Kitty Connolly.
- Ms. Kitty Connolly, the Botanic Education Manager of the Botanical Gardens, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, presents on "Cultivating Wonder" with Dr. Jim Folsom.
- Dr. Christine Flanagan, Public Programs Manager at the U.S. Botanic Garden, presents and then leads a breakout session on "Collections Management and Development: A Real-World Perspective".
- Some of the Symposium particpants discussing the break-out activity.
- The Symposium Speakers' Committee: Zoe Panchen, Kate Baltzell, Andrew Gapinski and Shari Edelson.
- The Symposium Marketing Committee: Laura Aschenbeck, Jon Pixler, and Rebecca Pineo.
- A job well done on the 2010 Longwood Graduate Program Symposium!
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!