Montgomery Parks Hosts 11th Annual Green Matters Symposium: Protecting Our Pollinators on February 27, 2015

December 19, 2014

 flyer for FacebookSILVER SPRING, MDMontgomery Parks part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is hosting its annual Green Matters Symposium on the topic of Protecting Our Pollinators. Staff at Brookside Gardens, an award-winning public display garden in Montgomery Parks, organize the event each year. This year, experts will discuss the importance of pollinators to the Earth’s ecosystems at the full-day symposium on Friday, February 27, 2015 at the Silver Spring Civic Center.


Admission is $89 before January 16 and $99 after that date. To register, visit and enter Course #306499.


In addition to conference speaker sessions, educational demonstrations will be provided by three exhibitors featuring:

  • Honey tasting
  • Native bee habitat creation and
  • Bee keeping equipment.


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


WHO:  Horticulturists, beekeepers, homeowners, teachers, college students, gardeners and anyone interested in learning more about the importance of protecting pollinators is encouraged to attend this educational symposium.


WHAT: The Green Matters Symposium will bring together experts to discuss the topic of Protecting Our Pollinators. Speakers include:


  • Sam Droege, Head of the Bee Inventory and Monitoring Program at United States Geological Survey
  • Stanton A. Gill, Principal Agent & Regional Extension Specialist, the Nursery & Greenhouse Management at University of Maryland College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Alison Gillespie, Author of Hives in the City: Keeping Honeybees Alive in an Urban World
  • Timothy McMahon, President of the Montgomery County Beekeeper’s Association and an Eastern Apicultural Society Master Beekeeper
  • Ari Novy, Executive Director of the United States Botanic Garden
  • Krissa Skogen, Conservation Scientist Manager, Conservation and Land Management Internship Program Chicago Botanic Garden


WHEN: Friday, February 27, 2015, 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Silver Spring Civic Building
1 Veterans Place
Silver Spring, MD 20910


WHY: Learn why we need pollinators to survive and what you can do to help protect them. An astonishing 80% of the world’s plant species require a pollinator to reproduce: plants that not only feed and shelter us, but are absolutely essential to the Earth’s ecosystems. This relationship between flora and fauna is being challenged on all sides by habitat loss, pesticides, invasive species, and more.


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About Green Matters

Green Matters, an annual symposium organized by Brookside Gardens since 2004, concentrates attention 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 420 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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