Botanic gardens, arboreta, and other public gardens act as important repositories of fragile ecologies. As collections are becoming increasingly important in the face of climate change and habitat loss, how do public gardens and designers work together to ensure the viability of plants, ecologies, while also supporting the institutions that work to protect them? Two projects will be presented that tackle these challenges in distinct ways – one a botanic garden initiating a massive water conservation campaign, and another a remote arboretum building a living collection of the world’s endangered trees. Seemingly disparate, both have developed long-range plans that focus on sustainable development over the next 100 years.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Campaign for the Next Century’s Water Conservation Project aims to reduce the garden’s outdoor freshwater consumption by 95% and dramatically reduce the garden's stormwater discharge impacting the city’s combined sewer system. One of the first in North America of this size and complexity, this reimagining of the garden's hydrological system is one of a series of initiatives that focus on the garden's sustainable growth. 2) Started as the project of a curious collector, Eastwoodhill Arboretum in Gisbourne, New Zealand, is now cultivating critically endangered Northern Hemisphere species threatened by deforestation and climate change. Eastwoodhill has developed a 100-year master plan to guide the arboretum into the next century. With this long-term master plan in place, small improvements can be made incrementally while building towards a cohesive future. 3) Planning at the century scale allows key decision makers to prioritize expenditures and achieve greatest efficiency with available funds, all while remaining true to the vision and goals of their institution.
Sustainable Development & Design
Water / Stormwater Management
Health, Safety and Welfare
Attendees will learn 1) what is involved in long-term master plans with a 100 year timeline, 2) to anticipate climate change-future water consumption use, habitat loss, and deforestation in landscape design plans, 3) innovative water/stormwater management techniques.
1) Thomas L. Woltz, FASLA, NZILA Principal, Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects (NBW). Over the past two decades of practice, Thomas Woltz has forged a body of work that integrates the beauty and function of built forms with an understanding of complex
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