Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Learn from Green Leaders at the Philadelphia Flower Show

Learn from Green Leaders at the Flower Show

A new series of lectures, made possible through funding from the William Penn Foundation, will feature nationally renowned designers in individual presentations and a special panel discussion. Titled Greensource, these programs are meant for anyone with an interest in innovative design, urban planning, and sustainable open space.
Free Greensource talks will take place at 1 pm Monday, March 7 through Friday, March 11 at the Flower Show. The impressive list of speakers includes:
  • White House chief florist Laura Dowling;
  • Walter Hood, Oakland, Calif.-based landscape architect;
  • Craig Bergmann, landscape designer who incorporates modern twists in romantic designs;
  • Sharon McGukin, president of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD).
The series will also include a screening of the documentary film, “Olmsted and America’s Urban Parks.”
A special presentation of the Greensource series on Wednesday, March 9 will focus on “Transforming Public Landscapes.” The panel discussion runs from 5 to 7 pm in the Convention Center Ballroom. The panelists include:
  • Lynden B. Miller, director of the Conservatory Garden in Central Park;
  • Ken Smith, one of the best-known of a new generation of landscape architects;
  • Doug Hoerr, a landscape architect known for his Chicago streetscapes;
  • Christy Webber, the prominent Chicago landscape contractor;
  • Susan Weiler, the leader in the design of urban green roofs.
The panel will be moderated by Charles Birnbaum, founder and president of the Cultural Landscape Foundation.


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