Green Collar Careers: Seed Your Future

Green Collar Careers: Seed Your Future

Green Collar Careers: Seed Your Future

New movement promotes careers in horticulture

Whether you are interested in art, business, education, science, or technology, a career in horticulture might be worth considering. Making an impact in the world of plants involves a lot. In fact, there are more than 140 career options to choose from when looking across the horticultural spectrum.

Seed Your Future is a movement to promote horticulture – the business of managing, growing, and using plants – to inspire people to pursue careers in the field. The organization recently expanded its Horticulture Career Exploration Tool, a resource for students that illustrates the diversity within the realm of horticulture.

Featuring a host of career options, the tool features profiles, videos, education requirements, and salary information for jobs related to horticulture.

Here are just a few:

  • Botanical Artist – creates landscapes, gardens, illustrations, and many more artistic tasks
  • Culinary Horticulturist – studies crops, culture, and cuisine in regard to edible plants
  • Ethnopharmacologist – uses plants to treat human disease, injury, and illness
  • Floriculturist – cultivates flowering and ornamental plants for gardens and the floral industry
  • Habitat Restoration Scientist – researches, studies and supports the practice of ecological restoration
  • Hydrologist –researches and studies the cycle, properties, and distribution of water
  • Plant Nutritionist – studies the chemical elements and compounds necessary for plant growth
  • Robotics Engineer – designs robots and systems to perform duties that humans cannot
  • Social Media Specialist – uses social media platforms to market goods and services
  • Urban Farmer – cares for and manages tree populations in urban settings
  • Weed and Invasive Plant Specialist  – identifies weeds and invasive plants

Supported by more than 150 partner organizations, Seed Your Future envisions a country where everyone understands and values the importance of plants and the people who work in horticulture.

For more information visit https://www.seedyourfuture.org/

Inasmuch Foundation makes lead gift to renovate Crystal Bridge at Myriad Botanical Gardens

Inasmuch Foundation makes lead gift to renovate Crystal Bridge at Myriad Botanical Gardens

Larry Nichols, James R. Tolbert III, and Bob Ross with the Inasmuch Foundation

Inasmuch Foundation has committed $2.5 million to the second phase of a capital campaign to renovate the Crystal Bridge Conservatory at Myriad Botanical Gardens. This phase features a complete renovation of the interior conservatory spaces to enhance visitor engagement with a more diverse plant collection, interactive educational exhibits, improved ADA accessibility, and a museum-quality gift shop.

The announcement was made today. The Visitor Center lobby of the Crystal Bridge was renovated as part of the first phase of the capital campaign and completed in 2018, made possible by a major gift from Devon Energy. Phase one also included the renovation of lower-level classroom space for use by John Rex Middle School and a new horticulture classroom, funded by Inasmuch Foundation.

Opening day March 1988

Since its opening in 1988, (pictured above) the Crystal Bridge Conservatory has remained largely unchanged. As the centerpiece of the Gardens, it is home to thousands of tropical and desert plants within 13,000 square feet, divided into two distinct climates: wet and dry. To see the history timeline visit here.

The forthcoming renovation will update aging infrastructure, allow for a more diverse plant collection with both permanent and rotating exhibits, as well as new and enhanced water elements, circulation paths and sitting areas. A terrace feature will overlook the conservatory and add much-needed educational programming and venue space. Improved accessibility, including an elevator, will enable people of all ages and physical abilities to fully enjoy the space.

“The Crystal Bridge at Myriad Botanical Gardens is such a recognizable structure in downtown Oklahoma City,” said Bob Ross, chairman and CEO of Inasmuch Foundation. “Staff at the Gardens continually strive to create wonderful spaces and learning opportunities for Oklahoma City. When I learned of plans for reimagining the tropical plant conservatory to create a superb visitor experience, I knew Inasmuch Foundation would want to support this initiative. The second phase of the Crystal Bridge renovation capitalizes on the momentum of current downtown development.”

Maureen Heffernan, CEO of Myriad Gardens Foundation and Scissortail Park Foundation, said she appreciates the visionary leadership demonstrated by the Inasmuch Foundation and its major giving support.

“This gift enables Myriad Botanical Gardens to significantly improve our Conservatory experience so it is as transformational as the outdoor renovation was completed in 2011. An updated and more engaging Conservatory will help attract visitors from all of the major downtown development near the Gardens including Scissortail Park and the Convention Center and Omni Hotel. This investment will further strengthen the Gardens’ standing as one of the premier cultural attractions in Oklahoma City.”

Adds Jim Tolbert, Chair Emeritus of Myriad Gardens Foundation, “The interior of the Crystal Bridge has not been renewed since its opening. This visionary gift from Inasmuch Foundation will allow a vast enhancement of both its educational and visitor experience.”

CRYSTAL BRIDGE FACTS 

The Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory opened to the public in 1988.

Dimensions

  • 13,000 square feet
  • 224 feet long
  • 70 feet wide
  • 3,028 double layer translucent panels

Two Climate Zones

  • Tropical Wet Zone
  • Tropical Dry Zone

Total Number of Plants

  • More than 1,000

Number of Plant Varieties

  • 650

Annual Number of Visitors

  • 70,000 to 90,000

Funders to Date

  • Inasmuch Foundation
  • *City of Oklahoma City
  • Gaylord Foundation
  • Kirkpatrick Family Fund
  • The Meinders Foundation

Design Team

  • Murase and Associates – Landscape Architects
  • ADG – Architects
  • Charles Sparks + Company – Retail Designer and Planner
  • Gecko Group – Education, Exhibit and Interpretative Consultants
  • Lingo Construction – Construction Manager

Timeline

  • The Crystal Bridge Conservatory will close for renovation in spring 2021
  • A grand re-opening will take place in spring/summer 2022