Sunday, September 28, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Fee: $45 members/$55 non-members

Register for the 2014 Tent Symposium

Forests strangled by invasive vines, severe storms and frequent floods, massive wildfires in the West, loss of pollinators—it’s easy to be discouraged by the changes we see in our environment. While change is inevitable, there exists the potential to adapt to a changing environment and develop innovations that will allow us to thrive. This symposium explores the science behind resilience—in plants and animals, in our climate, and in our communities.

Immerse yourself in a full day at Adkins Arboretum for the fourth annual fall symposium. Tour the Native Plant Nursery, view the seventh biennial Outdoor Sculpture Invitational and Burn Time, an outdoor art installation by Howard and Mary McCoy, and explore the Arboretum’s rich and diverse plant communities on a walk with a docent naturalist. Enjoy lunch, followed by insightful and inspiring presentations by Dr. Sylvan Kaufman, Holly H. Shimizu, and Larissa Johnson, moderated by renowned photographer Dave Harp and environmental studies professor and nature writer Tom Horton. The Tent Symposium is held in a tent in the Arboretum's magnificent South Meadow.

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    Sylvan Kaufman consults, writes, and teaches about ecology, botany, and restoration topics through her business, Sylvan Green Earth Consulting. Co-author of Invasive Plants: Guide to Identification and the Impacts and Control of Common North American Species, first published in 2007, she teaches as an adjunct professor for George Washington University’s Sustainable Landscapes Program and participates on the Maryland Invasive Species Council and Maryland Invasive Plant Advisory Committee. She has worked as a researcher on invasive plant and climate change projects at Harvard University and as the curator and land manager of Adkins Arboretum. Sylvan works and gardens in Maryland and New Mexico.

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    Holly H. Shimizu is a nationally recognized horticulturist with a rich background in plants and gardens. She served as director of the United States Botanic Garden for 14 years, during which time the Botanic Garden experienced a renaissance that included renovation of the Conservatory, completion of the National Garden, and countless inspiring and innovative projects. Holly has worked in gardens around the world and is often recognized as a host of the popular television show Victory Garden. She has received numerous awards, including the prestigious Thomas Roland Medal for outstanding contributions to horticultural education from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society. She has written for many publications and is dedicated to heightening an awareness and love of plants through her work.

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    Larissa Johnson has dedicated her life to working with and for communities: helping people create sustainable, walkable, bikeable, healthy neighborhoods that cultivate hale and hearty children and invigorate the communities’ livelihood. She currently serves as Coordinator of Climate Change Outreach and Communication for Maryland Department of the Environment. As a leader within the climate movement in Maryland, she is working to cultivate meaningful relationships that will benefit Marylanders from the mountains to the coast and across political and socioeconomic subgroups.

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    Dave Harp and Tom Horton have collaborated on numerous projects, including three books of Harp’s photographs featuring essays by Horton in addition to Swanfall, Horton’s book for children. A lifelong Marylander, Harp operates a corporate and editorial photography business in Cambridge, MD. He served as photographer for the Baltimore Sun Magazine for nearly a decade and has innumerable magazine credits to his name. He was awarded the Andrew White Medal by Loyola College for his Chesapeake Bay photography in 2004 and was appointed by Governor Martin O’Malley to the Maryland State Arts Council.

    Horton, one of the most respected nature writers in the U.S., is a professor of practice in environmental studies at Salisbury University. He has received the John Burroughs Award for the best book of nature writing, as well as the David Brower award from the Sierra Club. He is the author of eight books about Chesapeake Bay and covered the environment for the Baltimore Sun for 35 years. He recently paddled his kayak 550 miles around the Delmarva Peninsula and co-teaches a summer kayaking/camping course, “Exploring Delmarva: A Water’s Eye View.”

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    Howard and Mary McCoy are collaborative artists who live on a working farm near Centreville, MD. Much of their work is created directly in the landscape and is based on archetypal motifs concerned with the earth and how people have approached their own relationship with the earth through the centuries. Burn Time, an installation created specifically for the Tent Symposium, is inspired by the spare, phantom shapes of branches and logs reduced to shimmering black charcoal in the Arboretum’s burn piles. With numerous wildfires attributed to climate change in the news, the burnt wood is the perfect symbol to use in creating a temporary outdoor sculpture about climate change.

    The McCoys have exhibited their work throughout the U.S. and in Wales, Ireland, and New Zealand.

View the Tent Symposium Program Schedule