Virtual Program: Ecological Horticulture in an Evolving World

Virtual Program: Ecological Horticulture in an Evolving World

Thu, Apr 21, 2022
2:00 PM- 3:00 PM

Horticulture is a practice that is as ancient as civilization. But modern ecological and political drivers demand we adapt to these changing times. Gardeners now want to help the environment with their practice, rather than dominate it; with that, many of our gardening techniques are falling into question. Why do we mulch? Why do we cut back in spring? And where do we learn new strategies for stewardship in a rapidly evolving world?

Rebecca McMackin has been trying to answer these questions as well as asking many more. Through her work at Brooklyn Bridge Park and in private practice, she works to develop and share techniques for ecological horticulture: a field which centers the dynamics among plants, animals, and fungi, while still creating and maintaining aesthetically stunning gardens. In this presentation, Rebecca will discuss the evolution of this work, as well as the new ways gardeners share knowledge in this rapidly developing field.

Thursday, April 21, 2022
2:00 p.m. Eastern

Live on Zoom

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About the Speaker
Rebecca McMackin is an ecologically obsessed horticulturist and garden designer. She has spent the last decade as Director of Horticulture of Brooklyn Bridge Park, where she manages 85 acres of diverse parkland organically and with an eye towards habitat creation for birds, butterflies, and soil microorganisms.