Brookside Gardens Hosts Annual Green Matters Symposium: A Garden Gateway on April 8, 2016

February 3, 2016

SILVER SPRING, MDBrookside Gardens, a facility of Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is hosting its annual Green Matters Symposium on Friday, April 8, 2016. This year’s conference leverages Brookside Gardens’ recent Garden Gateway project, a multi-phase makeover to improve the Gardens’ entrance, parking and access.


“This year’s event provides a thorough look at how to plan, design and build landscapes that are both beautiful and benefit the environment,” said David Vismara, Division Chief for Montgomery Parks Horticulture, Forestry Environmental Education division. “We are bringing together some of the top people in this field to share ideas about how to design and construct attainable, sustainable landscapes.”


Early bird registration has just opened for the full-day symposium, providing a $14 discount ($85 admission with the discount) for people who register before March 1. Admission will be $99 after that date. To register, visit and enter Course # 14881.


WHAT:           Brookside Gardens 13th Annual Green Matters Symposium


WHEN:           Friday, April 8, 2016, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


WHERE:         Brookside Gardens, 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, MD, 20902


WHY:             Learn about the importance of environmentally friendly landscapes from experts in the field of horticulture.


WHO:             Speakers for this year’s conference include:


Stephanie Oberle, Director of Brookside Gardens

Mary Pat Matheson, Director of Atlanta Botanical Garden

Gennadyi Gurman, Head of Interpretation at Queens Botanical Garden

Thomas Rainer, Landscape Architect and Author of “Planting in a Post-Wild World,”

Lori Arguelles, Executive Director of the Alice Ferguson Foundation

Conference attendees can take guided tours of the Garden Gateway project to learn from experts involved in the project. Self-guided tours will also be available. Attendees can also engage with local organizations devoted to environmentally friendly landscaping during the event.


Two hashtags—#GreenMatters and #BrooksideGreen—are being used for people to share information and correspond via Twitter about the event.


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About Green Matters

Green Matters, an annual symposium organized by Brookside Gardens since 2004, concentrates on the intersection of horticulture and environmental issues. Environmental stewardship is a core value of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Brookside Gardens’ parent organization. As such, we strive to provide timely information and viable solutions to environmental challenges, because we feel strongly that green does matter.


About The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Montgomery Parks

Montgomery Parks manages more than 36,000 acres of parkland, consisting of 417 parks. Montgomery Parks is a department of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a bi-county agency established in 1927 to steward public land. The M-NCPPC has been nationally recognized for its high quality parks and recreation services and is regarded as a national model by other parks systems.


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