Botanical Gardens symposium to explore transforming the urban landscape

Joe Lamp’l
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens will host an all-day symposium on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, that focuses on transforming the urban landscape.

Keynote speaker Joe Lamp’l, host of public television’s “Growing a Greener World,” will introduce some of his favorite urban gardening heroes from past shows and will inspire listeners with innovative ideas that urban gardening can bring to communities.

Registration for “Urban Roots: Transforming the Urban Landscape” opens at 8:15 a.m., Jan. 27. The symposium will begin at 8:55 a.m. and will run until 3:30 p.m. at UNC Charlotte Center City. RSVPs are required; visit the symposium website to register.

An “early bird” registration fee of $85 is available through Friday, Dec. 22, after which, the fee will be $100. The registration deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 23. Parking will be provided for registrants. Seating is limited and is first-come, first-served.

Additional speakers will include Thom Duncan of Charlotte’s Friendship Gardens, Tradd Cotter of Mushroom Mountain and the team of Robin Moore and Mary Archer of the Natural Learning Initiative at North Carolina State University. Their talks will explore participating in the community gardens movement, cultivating fungi in an environmentally friendly fashion and introducing children to nature.

For more than 50 years the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens has been the central resource for botanical and horticultural information in and around Charlotte. With more than 100 years of combined plant research and growing experience, the staff of the Botanical Gardens is uniquely qualified to bring together experts on a wide variety of urban, plant-related topics to help people understand the gardens’ unique place in the plant world.

For the Jan. 27 symposium, the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens has brought together a group of speakers who are deeply involved in making populated environments better places for both people and plants.

The Urban Roots Symposium is presented by UNC Charlotte Center City in partnership with the Botanical Gardens and the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at UNC Charlotte.