By Qingwu (William) Meng

Enjoy this video I shot of this year’s National Floriculture Forum in Philadephia.

The National Floriculture Forum is an annual educational meeting, where academia meets industry to communicate and advance floriculture. Established in 1999, it has been held 17 times across the U.S. and abroad. This March, our group gathered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to explore floriculture and display gardens. Coordinated by Krystal Snyder (JR Peters) and sponsored by the American Floral Endowment, this year’s meeting brought together 31 faculty, grad students as well as industry and academic professionals from 14 floriculture communities.

The first stop of the tour was Flowers by Bauers in Jarrettsville, Maryland. It’s a family-owned greenhouse operation specialized in hydroponic cut flower production. We learned a great deal about their production philosophy and methods.

Our second stop was Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. It’s a renowned horticultural display garden with a giant conservatory. Inside the conservatory, we came across the orchid show and toured the production and display areas.

A lot of attendees also went to the wonderful Philadelphia Flower Show and described it as nothing short of impressive. After the tour, several researchers gave presentations to share research updates. The meeting concluded with a group discussion of ways to engage young people in floriculture, and many have put efforts in outreach programs to spark interest in floriculture. Members of the Young Professionals Council of the American Floral Endowment also gathered to share insights on endeavors to promote floriculture.

Thank you to Krystal Snyder for organizing this successful event and the American Floral Endowment for providing generous support to graduate students like me.

The National Floriculture Forum 2017