Today the leaders of public gardens are faced with many difficult decisions related to climate change, membership and audience development, change in historic character, and maintenance. Necessary contemporary interventions such as parking lots, gardeners’ sheds, restrooms, and septic fields, as well as the addition of new collections, risk significant disturbance to the fabric of the historic landscape and to the continuation of its story. Learning the core design intents of your garden during its evolution is critical to guiding a design process that addresses needed changes in a sensitive manner. Smart design and informed leadership can navigate many conflicting ideas and opinions.

Approved for 1.5 LA CES™ credits

Presenters: R. Eason, Land & Garden Preserve, Seal Harbor, Maine; I. Simpkins, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Miami, Florida; T. Woltz, Nelson, Byrd, Woltz, New York, New York