American Public Gardens Association
2019 Conference
Washington D.C. June 17-21, 2019

USDA and Public Garden Partnerships: Branches of Support and Impact
Event Type: 
Collecting & Conserving
Date / Time: 
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
Palladian Ballroom
D.Pivorunas, National Forest Genetics Laboratory,Placerville, Florida and Washington, District of Columbia; V. Lopez, National Forest Genetics Laboratory, Washington, District of Columbia; R.Cooksey, National Forest Service, Washington, District of Columbia; M.Haidet, Division of Plant Science, Washington, District of Columbia, National Institute of Food and Agriculture ,Washington, District of Columbia; L.Katz, United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Washington, District of Columbia; D. Rhodes,Bureau of Plant Industry, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; R.Olsen; US National Arboretum, Washington, District of Columbia,
Pre-Registration Required: 

Want to know more about how your garden can get...A standard of excellence in plant collections management that leverages the best of federal and garden relationships? The direct collection and distribution of plants for research, conservation, and collections stewardship? The education of not only public garden professionals, but children and entire communities on high-consequence plant pests and pathogens? Subsidized scouting and monitoring of collections? Raising awareness about and conserving crop wild relatives? These program initiatives are firmly rooted with our partnerships. Our representatives from many branches within the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will talk about how their work directly impacts and benefits your garden through interrelated Association programs. Relationships with branches of the USDA provide an array of impacts for hundreds of gardens, and will provide direct benefits to yours.

Casey Sclar

Executive Director
American Public Gardens Association


Panel Participants:
David Pivorunas
Acting Director, National Forest Genetics Laboratory
USDA Forest Service

Vanessa Lopez
Invasive Plants National Program Manager 
USDA Forest Service

Rick Cooksey
Acting Associate Deputy Chief, National Forest System
USDA Forest Service

Megan Haidet
Division of Plant Science
USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Lora Katz
Management and Program Analyst
USDA - Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Dana Rhodes
State Plant Regulatory Officer
PA Department of Agriculture

Richard Olsen
Director, US National Arboretum
USDA-Agriculture Research Servuce/US National Arboretum