Bruce Crawford is a longtime proponent of unusual and fun plants. He has had his own design/build garden design business for nearly 25 years that specialized in plantings for year-round interest. One of his gardens was published in Fine Gardening Magazine! Today, Bruce is the Director of Rutgers Gardens, the botanical garden for Rutgers University, and is an adjunct professor in Landscape Architecture at Rutgers University. His position as Director of Rutgers Gardens involves the management of the 180-acre facility, which includes designed gardens, woodlands and open fields. Open 365 days a year and with over 30,000 visitors a year, the emphasis is now focused on the creation of a new master plan for the Gardens. The Gardens will tell the story of plants over the past 400 million years and allow the visitors to see these plants in seasonally attractive designs. Bruce also lectures frequently to various groups and for continuing education programs.

How often do we look at the various plants in our gardens and never give a thought to how long they have been on Earth or what the Earth was like during their formative stages? The Story of Plants has been continuously impacted over the past 400 million years by the changing geography, wildlife, and climate on Earth. This presentation is a fun look at the ‘Family Tree’ of plants – how the Earth’s continents most likely appeared during the various periods of time and how plants gradually advanced in response to the ever-changing world!

 

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