The American Horticultural Society brings its annual National Children & Youth Garden Symposium to Austin, Texas, from July 9-11. This is “the only national event of its kind where you can network with like-minded teachers… and others involved with connecting kids to the natural world.” Visit AHS’s website to register and watch video highlights from last year’s symposium. Also, from August 14-16, AHS hosts its renowned In the Garden with the Experts Weekend Symposium at the Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia. This wonderful weekend offers the opportunity to learn time-honored gardening tips from top professionals and a chance to tour the historic Homestead Gardens. And your registration includes a complimentary AHS membership! For more information or to register, visit AHS’s website.
The Smithsonian National Museum of American History just unveiled its long-awaited Innovation Wing—45,000 square feet of fascinating exhibitions that explore the history of American business and invention. In classic Smithsonian interactive and informative style, the brand-new wing highlights innovations from how to create chocolate from a lowly bean, to “the dramatic arc of labor, power, wealth, success, and failure” that go along free enterprise. Visit the Museum’s website for more information. And if you’re a member of the prestigious James Smithson Society, don’t miss the Food for Thought: Culture in Crisis luncheon at the Smithsonian Castle on July 21 at noon. Visit the Smithsonian’s website to reserve your seat.
Calling all photographers! Galapagos Conservancy is looking for spectacular nature photos from the Galapagos for its 2016 calendar, with a July 24 deadline. For rules and eligibility, visit the Conservancy’s website. Even if you’re not entering the contest, we recommend checking out the site to see last year’s winning photos featuring amazing Galapagos creatures like sea turtles and red-footed boobies.