November 4, 2013
The second annual Native Plant Symposium kicked off to focus on native plants, gardens, ecosystems and butterflies. The protection of species is important to environment and a thriving community, The Cincinnati Zoo along with its role to preserve zoological species is delivering this same commitment to the environment.
The day was well received with 200 attendees to a full plate of information from leaders in the field. Hope Taft, the wife to the former Governor of Ohio spoke on heritage gardens that she passionately orchestrated at the Governors Mansion, states Scott Beuerlein, Horticulturist, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.
Ten other speakers brought attention to gardens replicate ecosystems, butterflies and the importance of shade plants and woodland wonders. The featured speakers were “Dewey Hollister and Gary Meisner, will talk about Heritage Garden at the Ohio Governor’s Mansion; one of Ohio’s best plant experts and nurseryperson, Bill Hendricks; owner of Sunshine Farm and Gardens, Barry Glick; Cheryl Harner, butterfly expert; Peter Zale, plant collector and doctorate student at Ohio State University; our native plant program manager from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Brian Jorg; and Steve Foltz, Director of Horticulture at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.”
The Cincinnati Zoo is promoting the Center for Research Endangered Wildlife (CREW) for “plant exploration, the importance of plants, our local environment, and how you can become a plant explorer. There is also an introduction to Flora Finder!, a unique tool that can be searched online to provide information on our local flora past and present.”
The Zoo is delivering its Sustainability Landscape Symposium in February. Further, the Zoo levy is critical as they ask voters to “Vote Yes on 2“.
Further, they are thinking sustainably to plant 2 million trees by 2020 to reduce the threat to our canopy in collaboration with OKI and The Green Umbrella. The program was launched in September in Eden Park to reflect the historical significance of the 1880’s deforestation and the Superintendent of schools allowing students to plant trees. The Greater Cincinnati Foundation awarded the collaboration $5,000 to forward this effort.
The work of institutions such as, the Cincinnati Zoo are building a sustainable bridge between environment, ecology, ecosystems and people.
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