New urban parks are changing the public perception on garden design, emphasizing wild/natural designs of horticulture, ecological management, and sustainability. Modern public parks are hosting more visitors each year than many gated botanical institutions. Four representative panel members from nationally recognized public parks will help to answer the following questions. How can parks use methods to engage the public about horticulture and ecology? How do parks do it differently than botanical institutions, especially when engaging 200% more visitors a year? How can parks and botanical institutions collaborate to achieve common messages about ecology and sustainable horticulture?

Presenters: T. Smarr, 21st Century Parks, Louisville, Kentucky; A. Pettis, Friends
of the High Line, New York, New York; G. Levine, Trees Atlanta, Atlanta,
Georgia; S. Stewart, Lurie Garden, Chicago, Illinois