The staff and visitors of many public gardens are less diverse than the communities they serve. Events, policies, and Carl Linnaeus’s categorization of humans have created long-standing barriers. Eve Rickenbaker, PhD student at the University of Washington, will use interviews with African Americans in public gardens in Charleston, South Carolina to describe these barriers and offer solutions to opening the garden gate to all. 


E. Rickenbaker, University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle, Washington