Engaging in Uncomfortable Conversations – talking with clients and the public about controversial issues in Horticulture
Kathleen Salisbury, MS Public Horticulture, Director of the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University
Kathy has a BS in Ornamental Horticulture from Delaware Valley University and an MS in Public Horticulture Administration from the University of Delaware where she was a Longwood Fellow. With a wide-range of experience in horticulture, Kathy’s passion is connecting people to plants through education and experiences. She has attempted to this in a variety of positions; as a horticulturist gardening vacant lots, school gardens and urban public parks, as a teacher at the high school and postsecondary levels, as a regular lecturer at regional public gardens and most recently as an extension educator. Kathy has been in leadership positions of a number of organizations including the Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy, Laurelwood Arboretum, SlowFood Northern NJ and the Native Plant Society of NJ where she lead the organization for 9 years. A native plant enthusiast whose two favorite plants are not native at all, you can find Kathy getting her hands dirty at the Tuesday morning volunteer days in the Arboretum, tending her home organic veggie garden, herding her happy hens around the yard, on a snowboard or in a kayak depending on the weather.
From invasive plants to deer control, the field of horticulture and landscape design is not without its controversies. Certainly, many projects have suffered setbacks when a controversial issue arises. During this interactive session, we will cover different points of view regarding a variety of contentious topics in our field and discuss ways to engage people in a productive and meaningful dialogue.