“Greensource” Celebrates Innovative Design & Urban Planning


A new series of lectures, made possible through funding from the William Penn Foundation, will feature nationally renowned designers in individual presentations and a special panel discussion. Titled Greensource, these programs are meant for anyone with an interest in innovative design, urban planning, and sustainable open space.

Free Greensource talks will take place at 1 pm Monday, March 7 through Friday, March 11 at the Flower Show. The impressive list of speakers includes:

  • White House chief florist Laura Dowling;
  • Walter Hood, Oakland, Calif.-based landscape architect;
  • Craig Bergmann, landscape designer who incorporates modern twists in romantic designs;
  • Sharon McGukin, president of the American Institute of Floral Designers (AIFD).

The series will also include a screening of the documentary film, “Olmsted and America’s Urban Parks.”

A special presentation of the Greensource series on Wednesday, March 9 will focus on “Transforming Public Landscapes.” The panel discussion runs from 5 to 7 pm in the Convention Center Ballroom. The panelists include:

  • Lynden B. Miller, director of the Conservatory Garden in Central Park;
  • Ken Smith, one of the best-known of a new generation of landscape architects;
  • Doug Hoerr, a landscape architect known for his Chicago streetscapes;
  • Christy Webber, the prominent Chicago landscape contractor;
  • Susan Weiler, the leader in the design of urban green roofs.

The panel will be moderated by Charles Birnbaum, founder and president of the Cultural Landscape Foundation. Admission to the panel discussion will be $40 (PHS members, $30).

Click here for a complete schedule and to register for Wednesday’s panel discussion.


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