RSABG co-hosts 2010 National Children and Youth Garden Symposium

American Horticultural Society’s National Children and Youth Garden Symposium “The Vitality of Gardens: Energizing the Learning Environment.” The three-day event will be held in the heart of downtown Pasadena at The Westin Pasadena on Thursday, July 22 through Saturday, July 24, 2010.

Three exceptional keynote speakers, who share a common passion for gardening, will highlight the 2010 Symposium with their presentations. Alice Waters is a chef, author and proprietor of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, Calif. She also founded the Edible Schoolyard–a one-acre garden and kitchen classroom at Berkeley’s Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School. Sam Levin, high school senior and co-founder of Project Sprout, will talk about the effect a student-run garden on the grounds of Monument High School in Barrington, Mass., is making on students and the community.  Closing keynote speaker, author and self-described “itinerant biologist” Roger Swain will discuss the way that gardening as children can influence the rest of our lives. Swain is a former the host of PBS’s “The Victory Garden” and was the co-host of HGTV’s “People, Places, and Plants.”   

Uniting children’s gardening advocates and leading youth experts from around the country, the symposium offers workshops, lectures, field trips, poster sessions and a special, behind-the-scenes look at a famous Pasadena New Year’s tradition–the Tournament of Roses® on July 21. This tour will include a visit to one of the barns where the Rose Parade’s floral floats are made and to the Tournament House mansion.

This is the 18th year of the annual symposium focused on engaging young people in gardening. RSABG joins Descanso Gardens, Garden School Foundation of Los Angeles, The Huntington Library, Kidspace Children’s Museum, LA County Arboretum and Botanic Garden and the University of California’s Common Ground Garden Program as a host to the symposium.

Visit American Horticultural Society’s website or call (703) 768-5700 ext. 137 for more information. http://www.ahs.org/youth_gardening/national_youth_garden_symposium.htm