Putting the Public in Public Gardens

Putting the Public in Public Gardens: Smithsonian Gardens is hosting its Winter In -Service Training session Feb. 1, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the National Zoo.

Session 1: Kathryn Gustafson, Landscape Architect, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol – 8:30-10:00

Kathryn will talk about her design process for public spaces and the factors taken into consideration to create an appropriate and appealing landscape. She will highlight past projects and discuss modifications made to some projects to make them successful. Projects include the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard at the National Portrait Gallery and GGN’s project at the newest Smithsonian museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Session 2: Patrick Cullina, Vice President of H orticulture and Park Operations,High Line Project, New York, NY – 10:30-12:00

Patrick will highlight the history of the High Line Project – an elevated public park in the heart of Manhattan. He will discuss how the project gained community support, fundraising, design aspects, Plant choices and his vision for this unique garden in a major urban center.

For more information contact gardens@si.edu or 202-633-5860. Click to register.

The In-Service Training Program is not open to the general public. Registration is for Smithsonian staff and volunteers of public gardens only.

Posted: 19 January 2012
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