This Week's Podcast: "Hortie Hoopla" – A Great Success: Charles Yurgalevitch
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On July 24, 2013, I participated in
the first ever intern field day, which was held at the New York Botanical
Garden for people entering the field of horticulture in the New York City area.
People came from New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
The idea for the “Hortie Hoopla” came from my guest
this week, Charles Yurgalevitch, The Director of the School of Professional
Horticulture at The New York Botanical Garden. He approached me shortly after an
article I wrote on the next generation of people who are having a national
impact on horticulture was published in Organic Gardening magazine.
We started the day with a
one-hour meeting in the lecture hall. Charles introduced the speakers to the
80-some attendees and talked about what the day would be. Next came me doing a
20-minute song and dance illustrated with slides and video. Emma Seniuk from
Chanticleer Garden in Wayne, PA, followed me. After completing the gardening
program at Longwood Gardens, Emma flew off to England to be an intern at Great
Dixter working under Fergus Garrett. Her talk was passionate and heart-felt.
Ethne Clarke, the editor-in-chief of Organic Garden closed this part of the
The interns were set free
to visit various gardens at NYBG and meet with the curators for personal tours
and discussions. At the end of the day, we had a barbecue (above, photo Lansing Moore).
Charles wants to make this
an annual event. I’m all for it!