Public Gardens are positioned to not only support the protection of plants but lessons about how they intersect with thriving communities as well. Indigenous communities and their associated values are critical components to developing solutions to manage cultural and biological resources that encourage long-term ecological health. Presenters will share a wide range of experiences ranging from Hawaii to the mainland United States. The National Tropical Botanical Garden, The Ziibiwing Center, and researchers at Concordia University provide a diverse set of examples that will inspire increased participation between public gardens and their communities. Public gardens will be empowered to better utilize indigenous values into their operations.


M. Opgenorth and M. DeMotta, National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kalaheo, Hawaii; T. Qiu and T. Segel, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; P. Shananaquet, The Collaborative Indigenous Garden at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan