As designers versed in both environmental and cultural systems, landscape architects are particularly well-equipped to play leading roles within public gardens — botanical gardens, arboreta, and other institutions. Through the design and management of their physical space as well as their research, conservation, and public education activities, these institutions have boundless potential to set precedents for sustainability and climate action.

As public gardens increasingly take on new roles, landscape architects are stepping up to help them address modern-day challenges relating to biodiversity, climate change, equity and access, and more. In this panel discussion, three trained landscape architects share their experiences as leaders in shaping the futures of public gardens in Michigan, New York, and North Carolina.

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