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The Challenge of a Public Native Plant Garden: Maintenance, Interpretation, and Compromise - A Talk by Michael Hagen

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Grow Native Massachusetts presents a talk by Michael Hagen, Curator of the Native Plant Garden at the New York Botanical Garden.

The New York Botanical Garden's new Native Plant Garden opened in 2013. Designed by Oehme van Sweden, it includes a diversity of microclimates on 3.5 acres of varied terrain with a planting plan of almost 100,000 native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, ferns, and grasses. Curator Michael Hagen will explain how this garden is successfully maintained, and their criteria for what constitutes native in species selection and the use of cultivars.

This very public landscape presents native plants in a contemporary style, with an emphasis on aesthetics over recreating habitat. Michael will share his observations about how the public perceives and responds to the value of this native plant palette, along with ideas for inspiring others to go native.

Michael Hagen is Curator of both the Native Plant Garden and the Rock Garden at NYBG. He previously served as Staff Horticulturist for over 11 years at Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring, New York and was Garden Manager at Rocky Hills in Mt. Kisco, a preservation project of the Garden Conservancy.

The Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02138

Sponsor(s): Grow Native Massachusetts
Time(s): 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Cost: Free
Phone: 781-790-8921

Published on Friday, January 06, 2017.
All information is subject to change.

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