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Breeding and Restoring the Next Generation American Elm

Iconic tree species include those native trees that once dominated the typical American city landscape. The American elm and chestnut are the first two that come to mind, and now ash trees are similarly under significant threat of loss. The USDA Forest Service and partner organizations across the country have been working to conserve, breed, and test new selections of American elm in the landscape.

Old Ways New Ways, Regenerative Thinking in the 21 st Century

In October 2018, the Stockholm Resilience Centre released a report “Transformation is Feasible” to the Club of Rome on how to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals within Planetary Boundaries. Of four simulations run, only transformational policies avoided crossing the red-line to irreversible planetary damage. We cannot continue just trying to be better at doing the same thing. We need to adopt living systems regenerative thinking and apply it to our own institutions and take a leadership position in modeling it for our communities.

Genius from Gender Diversity in Design

Public gardens can benefit by focusing on women as past and future contributors of note to the field of landscape design. Three public gardens will reveal how the contributions of Beatrix Farrand and Ellen Biddle Shipman, groundbreaking women in landscape architecture, helped further the field of landscape architecture and bring women into the field. The public work of select contemporary female designers will then be profiled illustrating a sustained level of women’s impact on the design world.

Unconventional Ways to Generate Revenue and Impact the Bottom Line!

Beyond gift shops, wedding rentals, and one-off plant sales, every garden has unique assets that could be leveraged to achieve the institutional mission and creatively generate revenue for the organization or reduce expenses. Identifying those assets is key. They might be specialty plant knowledge, existing composting operations, “excess” land, or savings from switching to gray water. But not all good ideas work out the way they are envisioned, and sometimes have to be abandoned before being realized.

Valuation Tools to Determine Economic, Environmental, and Social Benefits of Green Spaces

Public gardens can demonstrate their economic, environmental, and social impacts to demonstrate their value to surrounding communities by utilizing valuation tools for development and sustainability policies. The use of impact studies can play a vital role for public gardens to garner support for additional funding and support.

Impact of Significant Weather Events on Plant Death in Managed Landscapes

Intensively managed landscapes, like those found in many public gardens, attempt to mitigate the impact of significant weather events through irrigation, improving soil characteristics, and mulching. At the same time many gardens purposefully push the boundaries of 'known hardiness' in an effort to keep their displays fresh and interesting. Onsite National Weather Station data was used to identify extreme weather events and compared those time periods with permanent plant deaths as recorded in the plant records database.

Integrating Income, Education, Advocacy, and Service

Public gardens, which are centers for expertise, often have concerns with earned-revenue generation and education seeing consulting income as a conflict with their mission. Our experience shows education, advocacy, and service can enhance relevance and build industry partnerships. Morris Arboretum’s Urban Forestry and Arboriculture Consulting program offers a strategic-planning based model that has evolved from an ancillary program to a mission-core, earned-revenue supported program serving municipalities, campuses, professional clients, and organizations region-wide.


Making Sustainable Selections for Your Seasonal Color Plants

Seasonal color plants add to the beauty and ever-changing nature of the garden. These seasonal color plants each have different growing requirements, transportation distances, display durations, etc. In this presentation you will learn how a strategically developed matrix of decision-making criteria, incorporating sustainability factors, can help you select seasonal color plants that will have reduced environmental impact and resource demand.


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