Speaker Series: Tom Smarr, Director of Horticulture for The High Line
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Please join Trees Atlanta for an exciting talk presented by Tom Smarr, Director of Horticulture with The High Line in New York City, NY entitled: “The High Line: Preserving History and Inspiring Change in our Greenspaces”
The High Line is a unique urban park along the western side of Manhattan Island that opened in 2009, but its existence was almost not realized. Today, the High Line symbolizes the great benefits of transforming former industrial structures and land into inspiring gardens and landscapes for pubic enjoyment and encouraging economic benefits; same as the charge of the Atlanta BeltLine. Tom will briefly cover the story of how the elevated train structure was saved and discuss the unique design, horticulture, and care of “the park in the sky”.
Tom Smarr Bio:
Tom is a seasoned professional with almost two decades of experience in horticulture, botanic gardens, conservation, and organic landscaping. He holds a master’s degree in urban horticulture from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA. He has worked for institutions such as the University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle, WA; New England Wild Flower Society, Framingham, MA; and the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, Boston, MA. He joined Friends of the High Line as the Director of Horticulture in April 2013. He is committed to the preservation of our cultural landscapes through sensible design, horticulture practices, and public education.
Special thanks to the City of Atlanta for help supporting this Speaker Series.