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Full-Day Biodiversity Symposium to Be Held at the 2020 Philadelphia Flower Show

January 16, 2020

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Contact: David Cheng, Communications Manager
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
[email protected] | 215-988-1631 

“Gardening for Biodiversity Symposium” sponsored by The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation USA will Be Produced by PHS at the 2020 Philadelphia Flower Show

[PHILADELPHIA, PA – January 16, 2020] – The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation’s US chapter and the Embassy of Monaco in Washington, DC will partner on the first-ever “Gardening for Biodiversity Symposium sponsored by the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation” during the 2020 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show. The full-day session will be held on Wednesday, March 4 from 8:30 am to 5 pm at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and will feature keynote speaker Dr. Peter Raven, the 2018 Hubbard Medal recipient from National Geographic and internationally renowned botanist, along with other leading biodiversity, conservation, and sustainability professionals.

“The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation works tirelessly to promote biodiversity around the world and raise awareness surrounding environmental concerns,” said PHS President Matt Rader. “PHS uses horticulture to promote sustainability and advance health and well-being in the Greater Philadelphia region. We are excited for this partnership this year and the foundation’s involvement in both the symposium and the 2020 Philadelphia Flower Show.”

The symposium will feature a variety of environmental subjects, with presentations such as “Global Perspective on Biodiversity” and “How to Foster Biodiversity in Individual Gardens and Landscapes.” Noteworthy speakers will provide compelling content on the state of biodiversity across the globe during engaging 20-minute talks that address environmental issues of today. PHS experts, as along with those of environmental organizations, botanic gardens, nonprofits, government institutions, entrepreneurs, and research firms will be featured throughout the day.

Presenters will share ways that individuals can help conserve and foster biodiversity, and introduce accessible gardening techniques, plant varieties, and citizen science projects happening in public gardens in the Mid-Atlantic region. Innovative projects happening in public spaces relating to native plants, pollinators, wildlife, and garden design will educate attendees. Gardeners, conservationists, and environmental enthusiasts at all levels will take away new information, best practices, and actions they can take in their home or commercial gardens.

Additional featured speakers will include Dr. Dennis Whigham, Senior Botanist, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and Founding Director, North American Orchid Conservation Center, as well as Nico Wissing and Lodewijk Hoekstra of NL Greenlabel from the Netherlands, and Dr. Colin Averill of Crowther Lab.

"The US chapter of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, along with the Embassy of Monaco in Washington, D.C., are proud to be the inaugural sponsors of the Biodiversity Symposium this year," said John B. Kelly III, the president of the US chapter of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation. “Our esteemed speakers from the Smithsonian Institution, NL Greenlabel and Crowther Lab, among others, will each demonstrate how sustainable gardening methods and biodiversity conservation help to protect the environment across the globe."


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Keynote speaker Dr. Peter Raven has spent a lifetime fighting for the planet, biodiversity, and conservation. He was described by Time as a “Hero for the Planet” and spent 40 years at the Missouri Botanical Garden that, under his direction, became a world-class center for botanical research, conservation, education, and horticulture display. Dr. Raven has also taught at prestigious universities throughout the country, including Stanford and Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. Raven has amassed a long list of awards and honorary degrees and published various leading textbooks and research papers on botany and conservation. Among his honors are an honorary doctorate from Harvard University, and the 2018 Hubbard Medal that is described as “National Geographic’s highest honor, [recognizing] lifetime achievement in research, discovery, and exploration.”

Tickets for the PHS Gardening for Biodiversity Symposium are $100 before February 5th, and include a light breakfast, admission to the Flower Show, and a reception after the event. Tickets for the symposium only are $75 before February 5th. After February 5th, tickets are $115 and $85, respectively. Tickets can be purchased at theflowershow.com/biodiversity.

The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show is the nation's largest and longest-running horticultural event and features stunning displays by the world’s premier floral and landscape designers. Started in 1829, the Show introduces diverse plant varieties and sustainable garden and design concepts. In addition to the major garden displays, the Flower Show hosts world-renowned competitions in horticulture and artistic floral arranging, gardening presentations and demonstrations, special events, and the citywide Bloom Philly pre-Show celebration. For more information about the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show and to purchase tickets, visit theflowershow.com, and follow the Show on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The Exclusive Sponsors of the 2020 Flower Show are Bank of America, Independence Blue Cross, and Subaru of America. The Official Media Partner is 6ABC.

For more information about the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show and to purchase tickets, visit theflowershow.com, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. #phillyflowershow #phsflowershow #gardeningforgood

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, an internationally recognized nonprofit organization founded in 1827, plays an essential role in the vitality of the Philadelphia region by creating healthier living environments, increasing access to fresh food, growing economic opportunity, and building deeper social connections between people. PHS delivers this impact through comprehensive greening and engagement initiatives in more than 250 neighborhoods; an expansive network of public gardens and landscapes; year-round learning experiences; and the nation’s signature gardening event, the Philadelphia Flower Show. PHS provides everyone with opportunities to garden for the greater good as a participant, member, donor, or volunteer. For information and to support this work, please visit PHSonline.org.

The Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, created by His Serene Highness the Sovereign Prince in June 2006, is dedicated to the protection of the environment and the promotion of sustainable development. The Foundation has three priority objectives: to limit the effects of climate change, to safeguard biodiversity and to protect water resources. The Foundation supports initiatives by public and private organizations in the fields of research and studies, technological innovation and socially aware practices. The USA Foundation was formed in 2008 to help, designate, and support projects that fulfill the Foundation’s Mission in the United States or by United States organizations. Today, the Foundation has supported nearly 350 projects worldwide with 10 chapters across the globe carrying out the mission of the Foundation. @FPA2 @GvtMonaco @MonacoEmbassyDC @MonacoInUSA