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March Into Spring 2022 - A Virtual Symposium
Saturday, March 19, 2022, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM EDT
Category: Events

March Into Spring XXV - A Virtual Symposium for Gardeners

“Beautiful and ecological gardens: you can have both.”

The 2022 March into Spring Symposium will be a virtual event; our goal is to keep everyone safe. Going virtual will not, however, compromise our commitment to providing you with an excellent program. We will miss the chance to make new friends and shop in person for enticing plants, but we are happy to say that shopping will be available at our Online Silent Auction. Members and non-members welcome.

2022 HPS/MAG Online Silent Auction Now Open for Window Shopping!

Here is the link for online auction 2022:     https://www.biddingowl.com/HPSMAG2022

Browse the wonderful and unique selection of plants, garden experiences created especially for our members, passes to some of the gardening jewels in our area and a variety of garden related goodies.

2022 Online Auction Timeline:

  • February 1 - auction items will be posted on HPS/MAG website as received
  • March 12 - auction opens for previewing and pre-bidding
  • March 19 - auction kicks off at noon
  • March 26 - auction closes at 5:00 p.m.

We need your help to again make this a successful event. Offering unique and one-of-a-kind items and experiences can help us all plan for the new gardening season and make the auction more fun for all.  If you have something special you would like to donate, or suggestions of new donors to contact, please send an email to [email protected].

March Into Spring 2022 Program

The day begins with Rebecca McMackin presenting "Brooklyn Bridge Park: A Work in Progress in Built Ecology". This talk will detail many of the strategies employed to design an ecological park, as well as the management techniques used to cultivate biodiverse parkland. 

Brooklyn Bridge Park, an 85-acre, organic park in the middle of New York City, was created with ecology in mind. The Park’s award winning piers host top notch recreation, from opera to outdoor films, all of it beautifully designed. But the piers also contain native woodlands, freshwater wetlands, salt marshes, and numerous meadows. These areas closely mimic native ecosystems and are managed with an emphasis on wildlife habitat. 

Rebecca will be followed by Kelly Norris presenting "New Naturalism: Designing and Planting a Resilient, Ecologically Vibrant Home Garden", his popular new lecture that applies his passion for plants and planting to home gardens with practical, accessible and inspiring ideas for landscapes on the wild side. In this era of purposeful and thoughtful gardening, planting is a powerful verb. Planting gardens inspired by nature promotes authentic connections with land, environment and humanity. Why not make a garden that works and looks good doing it? Landscapes at home and in the public realm can be beautiful and ecologically functional if we deepen our understanding of plants and place. In this lecture especially tailored to garden enthusiasts with examples from around the world, plantsman and author Kelly Norris challenges audiences to plant the world a more beautiful, functional place.

About Brooklyn Bridge Park 

Brooklyn Bridge Park, one of the largest and most significant public projects to be built in New York City in a generation, has transformed a once dilapidated industrial waterfront into a vibrant and thriving 85-acre civic landscape. Brooklyn Bridge Park stretches 1.3 miles from Atlantic Avenue in the south to Jay Street north of the Manhattan Bridge, spanning the neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO along the East River. The self-sustaining park was designed by the award-winning firm of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. and features expansive lawns, rolling hills, waterfront promenades, innovative playgrounds, a greenway, sports facilities, and the popular Jane’s Carousel. 

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation (BBP) develops, capitally improves, maintains, and fully operates the Park as a 501 (c) not-for-profit, controlled by the City of New York. BBP is responsible for the day to day operations of the Park, including horticulture, maintenance, capital planning and construction, event permitting, and concession oversight.

Registration is closed.

The lectures will be recorded, links to be sent to registrants and viewing will be available for a period of 2 weeks.

Conference Fee
$20 Member, until 2/15/2022 
$25 Member, after 2/15/2022
$30 Nonmember


10:00 Welcome from HPS/MAG President, Nora Sirbaugh
10:10 Rebecca McMackin "Brooklyn Bridge Park: A Work in Progress in Built Ecology"
11:15 Break
11:30 Kelly D. Norris "New Naturalism: Designing and Planting a Resilient, Ecologically Vibrant Home Garden"
12:30 Approximate end of event

The Online Auction will open at noon on March 19th.

About Our Speakers

Rebecca McMackin is an ecologically obsessed horticulturist and garden designer. By day, she is the Director of Horticulture at Brooklyn Bridge Park, where she manages 85 acres of diverse parkland organically and with an eye towards habitat creation for birds, butterflies, and soil microorganisms. In her imaginary free time, Rebecca writes about landscape management and pollination ecology, as well as designs the occasional garden. Her writing has been published by the New York Times, the Ecological Landscape Alliance, and the Landscape Institute.


Kelly D. Norris is one of the leading horticulturists of his generation. An award- winning author and plantsman, Kelly’s work in gardens has been featured in The New York TimesOrganic Gardening, Better Homes and Gardens, Martha Stewart Living, Fine Gardening and Garden Design and in numerous local and regional media appearances. His passion for planting at the intersections of horticulture and ecology has culminated in a new book New Naturalism: Designing and Planting a Resilient, Ecologically Vibrant Home Garden which debuts 2021 from Cool Springs Press. Kelly also presents plants for Cottage Farms Direct on QVC and lectures widely to consumer and industry audiences.


Contact: Stephen Rifici at [email protected]