This session is devoted exclusively to having the future leaders of public horticulture share their latest research findings. Through these undergraduate and graduate student presentations, current research pertaining to public horticulture will be shared and discussed. These student presentations provide a valuable opportunity for established professionals to learn new and exciting findings from their future peers.
This year student presentations will be happening in multiple locations and at different times of day. There will be two student presenters for each 30-minute session.
Model for an Innovative Volunteer Program at a University Botanical Garden
Many public gardens, like the University of Tennessee (UT) Gardens, The State Botanical Garden of Tennessee, rely heavily on volunteer support to maintain a professional horticulture standard. While our volunteer program is successful, there are some factors that limit participation, such as lack of flexibility and areas that volunteers can engage independently. This presentation will focus on an Adopt-a-Spot Volunteer Program, which Alice Kimbrell implemented into the UT Gardens in February 2018. This program has already showed positive outcomes for this ten-acre botanical garden, with an increase in volunteers, retention rates, and hours, along with increased volunteer morale, ownership, and pride.
Presenter: A. Kimbrell, University of Tennessee Gardens, Knoxville, Tennessee
Ash Trees, the Environment, and People: Interpreting Ecological and Cultural Significance of Ash Tree Relations
Bailee Hopkin’s research focuses on the detrimental impacts of the Emerald Ash Borer on native ash trees by showcasing the relationships that ash trees have with the world around them. She is creating an exhibit at Cornell Botanic Gardens that could be replicated at other botanic gardens in the United States. Ash trees are more than just safety hazards despite the impacts of the Emerald Ash Borer. Ash trees have relationships with everything from the insects and mammals they support, the water, the plants that they live among, and of course, humans. The loss of ash trees also impacts their importance to North American Indigenous communities.
Presenter: B. Hopkins, Cornell Botanic Gardens, Ithaca, New York