Join NYBG and the School of Professional Horticulture for its free annual event for interns and seasonal employees involved in the green industry.
- 10:30 a.m – Early check-in at the Ross Lecture Hall.
- 12:30–3 p.m. – Speaker Program, at the Ross Lecture Hall:
- Welcome: Todd Forrest, Arthur Ross Vice President for Horticulture and Living Collections
- My Stories:
Bill Deacon, Director, Landscaping and Field Operations, NY Mets, Citi Field
Shanti Nagel, Landscape Designer, Principal, Design Wild
Eric Rodriguez, Horticulture Manager, The High Line
Vinnie Simeone, Director of Planting Fields Arboretum
Kadeesha Williams, Community Horticulturist/Urban Agriculturist, Bronx Green-Up
- Keynote Speaker – Kim Shearer, Tree and Shrub Breeder and Manager of New Plant Development Program, The Morton Arboretum
- 3–5:30 p.m. – Site Visits, The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx Exhibition, plant ID contest, and more
- 5:30 p.m. – Food and refreshments, fun, games, and prizes in the Edible Academy
Come view Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx, talk with our Horticulture curators and experts, test your plant ID skills, and conclude the day with food, games, and prizes. Plus, enjoy 30% off at NYBG Shop all day!
People who register before June 30 will be entered to win a $75 gift card. Two winners will be drawn.
Kim Shearer is Tree and Shrub Breeder and Manager of the New Plant Development Program at Morton Arboretum. As the manager of this program, she works directly with the Ornamental Growers Association of Northern Illinois and manages woody plant introductions for Chicagoland Grows®. Kim has the pleasure of working closely with regional and national nursery industry professionals, public garden colleagues, and academic researchers in the selection, development, evaluation, and introduction of new plants.
Bill Deacon is Senior Director, Field Operations and Landscaping, at Citi Field Stadium, home of the N.Y. Mets. Since 2006 he has overseen the construction of Citi Field and expanded the Field Operations Department to include Horticulture and Landscaping in 2010. Prior to becoming Head Groundskeeper with the N.Y. Mets in 2006, he was Assistant Groundskeeper with the San Diego Padres. He graduated from the Niagara Parks Commission School of Horticulture Diploma, and Penn State’s two-year Golf Course Turfgrass Management Program, and since then has worked on a variety of sports turf fields, e.g., a golf course on a Canadian Forces Base in Germany; athletic fields and campus at the University of British Columbia; and several years as Head Groundskeeper with the Long Island Ducks and the L.A. Dodgers.
Shanti Nagel is Principal and Founding Partner of Design Wild, a landscape design firm that works at the intersection of landscapes, people, and community well-being. She began gardening as a child growing up in upstate New York, and later founded an organic vegetable farm at the age of 20. After several years in operation, she moved from rural to urban agriculture managing one of New York City’s largest urban farms. Shanti is a graduate of the School of Professional Horticulture at The New York Botanical Garden, a trained horticulturist, and skilled landscape designer. For the past decade, she has been passionate about and dedicated to designing naturally wild and incredibly durable gardens in the heart of Manhattan for public spaces, community parks, affordable housing as well as private residences. She is active in leading community participatory design processes throughout the city and works with a wide diversity of community projects.
Eric Rodriguez is Horticulture Manager for The High Line in New York City. An accomplished horticulturist, farmer, seed collector, and plant propagator, his institutional experience includes the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, East New York Farms, Added Value, and the Weeksville Heritage Center. He specializes in North American native plants, ecological restoration and bioremediation, historic African-American and Caribbean food pathways, and sustainable urban agriculture.
Vincent Simeone is Director of Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park where he has worked for the past 27 years. A native of Long Island, he earned an AS degree in ornamental horticulture from SUNY-Farmingdale, and a BS in ornamental horticulture from the University of Georgia, Athens, where he studied under well-known Professors Michael Dirr, Ph.D., and Alan Armitage, Ph.D. He also earned a MA degree in Public Administration from C.W. Post. Since 2005 he has published six books, most recently Gardeners Guide to New York and New Jersey. Among his awards, he was named Man of the Year in 2010 by the Long Island Nursery and Landscape Association; awarded the Centurion award by Farmingdale State College in 2014 as the top 100 alumni over the past century; and awarded the distinguished arborists award from the NYS Arborists-ISA chapter in 2015.
Kadeesha Williams is Bronx Green-Up’s Community Horticulturist/Urban Agriculturist, and is responsible for providing technical assistance and training to Bronx community gardeners and urban farmers. A Bronx native, she has more than eight years of experience in urban agriculture, education, and training and finds inspiration by working outdoors as she has throughout her career in agriculture and education. Prior to Bronx Green-Up, she was at Active Citizen Project for five years where she managed an agricultural training program for youth and adults as well as a summer farm apprenticeship program. She looks forward to continuing that work here at The New York Botanical Garden.
Thanks to our 2019 Sponsors!
Flora Landscapes, Ltd.
Bartlett Tree Experts
Landcraft Environments, Ltd
M. Bulfamante & Sons
C & C Landscaping
N.Y. State Arborists Association
The Bronx Brewery