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Why BIPOC Horticulture Knowledge Matters

February 18, 2021 , 6:00pm 7:00pm

BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) horticulturists’ understanding of plants and nature is often grounded in different perspectives than the institutions in which they work here in the United States. Intentionally or unintentionally, both public and private gardens currently fail to integrate BIPOC expertise and knowledge in their garden operations. How can institutions integrate this knowledge and create healthier work environments?

This program will be led by Wambui Ippolito, a landscape designer, horticulturist, and graduate of the New York Botanical Garden’s School of Professional Horticulture. She develops programming for museums, public gardens, and parks exploring the broader context of horticulture, focusing on the intersections between migration, design, history, culture and science. She lectures both in the US and internationally. In her former career, Wambui worked as a Development & Democracy Consultant at international organizations both in the US and around the world. She is multilingual, fluent in five languages. Wambui is also the founder of the BIPOC Hort Group (@bipochort on instagram), a multicultural professional organization with membership from the US, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

This conversation is part of our new series of virtual programs about the horticulture and wildlife of Green-Wood, Zooming in on Nature

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