Adult Education


25th Anniversary Symposium
Green Tonic: Urban Gardening for Health & Wholeness

Tuesday & Wednesday, August 4 & 5, 2009

PDF of the Green Tonic save the date card

An event for neighborhood organizers and community leaders, urban planners, architects and designers, public officials, health advocates, local food activists, students, master gardeners, and more.  Learn about exemplary community gardening and urban greening initiatives in Philadelphia, New York, and Chicago; the policies and practices that help them succeed; and what Richmond area residents can do to take urban gardening and greening in our community to the next level.

Featured speakers:

  • LaDonna Redmond, President and CEO Institute for Community Resource Development, Chicago
  • Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Philadelphia Green Program

      Blaine Bonham, Executive Vice President

      Joan Reilly, Senior Director, Philadelphia Green

      Maitreyi Roy, Vice President for Programs

  • Drew Becher, Director, New York Restoration Project, New York
  • Timothy Beatley, Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities

University of Virginia, Charlottesville

  • Leni Sorensen, African-American Research Historian, Monticello


  • Rachel Flynn, Director, Department of Community Development



  • Basics of Sustainable Gardening
  • Urban Greening for a Robust Economy
  • Creating Greener, More Resilient Communities
  • Sustainable Land Use and Water Quality Management
  • Food Security, Access, Nutrition, and Health

Green Tonic time-line & preliminary agenda



$75, includes dinner Tuesday evening, morning coffee, and lunch Wednesday

Advance registration required.

Questions?  Call 804-262-9887 ext. 322

The 25th Anniversary Symposia are funded by a grant from the Robins Foundation. To receive information about the Metamorphosis Symposia, email the Special Projects Developer.

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