The IDEA (Inclusion Diversity Equity Accessibility) Center for Public Gardens is thrilled to announce the Inaugural Cohort Program participants. This group represents board members, executive garden leadership, and staff at public gardens, arboreta, and parks from across North America.

Virtual convenings, collaboration and training begin  May 12 for a year of learning, growth (personal and institutional) and strengthening our unique communities through the application of IDEA Principles.

Please take a moment to recognize your colleagues and congratulate them on their leadership and commitment to applying IDEA Principles in the continued development of public horticulture!

Applications for the next Cohort Program are anticipated to open in early 2023.

Inaugural Cohort Program Participants

ABQ BioPark
(Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Bloedel Reserve
(Bainbridge Island, WA)

Charleston Parks Conservancy
(Charleston, South Carolina)

Desert Botanical Garden
(Phoenix, Arizona)

Fort Worth Botanic Garden
and Botanical Research Institute of Texas

(Fort Worth, Texas)

Franklin Park Conservatory
and Botanical Gardens

(Columbus, Ohio)

The Gardens on Spring Creek
(Fort Collins, Colorado)

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden
(Des Moines, Iowa)

Matthaei Botanic Garden
and Nichols Arboretum

(Ann Arbor, Michigan)

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
(Chaska, Minnesota)

Mt. Cuba Center
(Hockessin, Delaware)

Naples Botanical Garden
(Naples, Florida)

Native Plant Trust
(Framingham, Massachusetts)

New England Botanic Garden
at Tower Hill

(Boylston, Massachusetts)

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)

San Antonio Botanic Garden
(San Antonio, Texas)

San Diego Botanic Garden
(San Diego, California)

Smithsonian Gardens
(Washington DC)

Toronto Botanical Garden
(Toronto, Canada)

Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association
(Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)

Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy
(Austin, Texas)

For more information, contact
Mae Lin Plummer
Director, The IDEA Center for Public Gardens