Keynote Dinner, February 27th
How Plants Eat: The Wonder of Root Biology
We all know plants need nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, but few understand how plants take up nutrients and use them. Yet, this is the system that supports life on earth! With his unique sense of humor Jeff Lowenfels will tell this amazing story, and once told, you will never look at a plant in the same way again!
Author of Teaming with Microbes, A Gardener’s Guide to the Soil Food Web.
Keynote Dinner, February 28th
Brooklyn Bridge Park: Promoting Biodiversity in the Concrete Jungle
Brooklyn Bridge Park, an 85-acre organic park in the middle of New York City, was designed with sustainability in mind. Rebecca McMackin will discuss the implementation of sustainable principles from construction through on-going maintenance, including organic treatment of lawns and trees, installation of green roofs, salvaging of on-site materials, and re-use of stormwater. She will also show how these sustainable practices can be applied to landscapes of all sizes.
Park Horticulturalist, Brooklyn Bridge Park