Creating Doors and Rooms: Taking Risks, Engaging Marginalized Communities, and Challenging the Status Quo
Despite the resonant theme of plant biodiversity inherent in the public garden sector, institutions grapple with a staggering lack of human biodiversity in their staffs, member base, donors, and audiences. To achieve inclusivity and maintain relevance, garden leaders will have to shift paradigms by intentionally engaging marginalized communities and challenging the status quo. Presenters will discuss case studies from garden leaders that are deepening the inclusion and outreach of their respective organizations while embracing the uncertainty that comes along with it.
D. Chavis, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Henrico, Virginia; E. Filbey, Allen Centennial Gardens, Indiana, Pennsylvania; E. Fournier, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois; T. Johnson, Botanic Garden of Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts