4th Annual NYC-area Green Industry Intern Field Day
Hortie Hoopla IV

Wednesday, July 20, 2016 @ NYBG
Event: 12:30 p.m.–dusk

To Register: R.S.V.P. with the name and e-mail address of each person attending, and the name of your organization to Eric Lieberman at 718.817.8580 or elieberman@nybg.org. Space is limited to one supervisory staff member per group of interns. Register by June 30 and your name will be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card. Space is limited, so register early!


The School of Professional Horticulture is proud to announce that the keynote speaker for Hortie Hoopla 4 will be Kelly D. Norris. Kelly's career began at age 15 when he talked his parents into buying a Texas nursery (Rainbow Iris Farm) and moving it to Iowa. Since then he's become an expert on marketing horticulture to emerging demographics. He is an award-winning author (A Guide to Bearded Irises: Cultivating the Rainbow for Beginners and Enthusiasts and Plants with Style) and plantsman who is the first director of horticulture at the newly revitalized Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. As a speaker, this young professional has garnered acclaim for his high-energy, zealous presentations on the national stage, leading many to call him one of the rising stars of American horticulture.

Karen Washington is a community activist once called "urban farming's de facto godmother" by The New York Times. As a community gardener and board member of The New York Botanical Garden, Karen has worked with Bronx neighborhoods to turn empty lots into community gardens. She has been instrumental in protecting and preserving community gardens, as well as educating communities and expanding access to food in the Bronx. In 2014, she founded Rise & Root Farm, a cooperatively run farm in Orange County, New York that advocates for building a strong local food economy. Karen also is a member of La Familia Verde Community Garden Coalition, a Just Food board member and trainer, board member and former president of the New York City Community Garden Coalition, and founder of Black Urban Growers (BUGS). In 2012, Ebony magazine voted her one of the 100 most influential African Americans in the country, and in 2014, she was awarded the James Beard Leadership Award.

Ken Druse is an internationally recognized author, award–winning photographer, and acknowledged founder of the natural gardening movement. His photographs have appeared in many premier gardening and decorating magazines in America, and The New York Times calls his books "bibles for serious gardeners." A popular speaker, Ken can also be heard on his podcast and public radio show Ken Druse—Real Dirt Radio.

Quill Teal-Sullivan is the garden manager at Meadowburn Farm in Vernon, New Jersey. She has been gardening since age 5, and working in horticulture since age 6, when her aunt hired her to help tend her flower farm in the San Juan Islands for the summer. Quill played a key role in rehabilitating the historic Helene Rutherfurd Ely gardens at Meadowburn and currently oversees its care.

Program of Events

11 a.m.

  • On-site registration and check-in, Ross Gallery
  • Self-guided viewing of exhibition Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas for attendees wearing lanyard badge received at Check-In

Lunch on Your Own (Pine Tree Café open all afternoon)

12:30–3 p.m.

  • Presentations, Ross Lecture Hall
  • Welcome: Charles M. Yurgalevitch, Ph.D., Director, New York Botanical Garden School of Professional Horticulture
  • Remarks
  • Ken Druse, author/photographer of 20 books and host of Ken Druse—Real Dirt Radio, presents
    Thoughts on the Future of Horticulture
  • Karen Washington, Community Garden Activist called "urban farming's de facto godmother" by
    The New York Times
  • Quill Teal-Sullivan, Garden Manager at Meadowburn Farm, a 130-year-old designed landscape in Vernon, NJ
  • Keynote: Kelly Norris, Director of Horticulture, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden, nurseryman and award-winning author, presents Plants with Style

3–4 p.m.

  • Visit with NYBG Horticulture Curators
    Locations: Native Plant Garden, Thain Family Forest, and Azalea Garden
  • Plant ID Contest (ongoing)

4–5 p.m.

  • Visit with NYBG Horticulture Curators
    Locations: The Judy and Michael Steinhardt Maple Collection, The Burn Family Lilac Collection
  • Plant ID Contest (ongoing)

5 p.m. to dusk

  • BBQ, fun, games, and prizes in the Ruth Rea Howell Family Garden