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Challenges to the Reforestation Pipeline in the United States

Large-scale global reforestation goals have been proposed to help mitigate climate change and provide other ecosystem services. To explore reforestation potential in the United States, we used GIS analyses, surveys of nursery managers and foresters,...

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3/4/21
Behind The Scenes: 2020 Annual Conference

Pivoting from in-person to virtual events is never easy, especially when a pandemic is the root cause of the shift. In an effort to share tips, tricks, and insights from the American Public Gardens Associations' shift from an in-person to virtual event...

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10/12/20
Rough Brothers’ Greenhouses and Conservatories: About Us

Rough Brothers Inc. (pronounced Rou) has been a consistent supporter of the American Public Gardens Association for 28 years, but it’s good to periodically reintroduce ourselves to the Association’s members as over those 28 years, there are many new...

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6/15/20
Administering the Public Garden

It would not be uncommon to think that administering a garden, or any other business, is simply a matter of shuffling papers to keep everything flowing and people working. This may be true, but it is the least of the duties of a public garden...

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5/21/20
Local climate change adaptation plans in the US and France: Comparison and lessons learned in 2007-2017

As the number of local climate adaptation plans has rapidly grown during the past ten years in
response to increasing threats of climate change, cities and various organizations offer new insights
on climate adaptation planning methods...

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1/21/20
Botanic Gardens Conservation International: Botanic gardens and their contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals

We need a major paradigm shift in the way we build and operate our gardens and live our lives. Being less bad, which is what most sustainability programs seek to achieve, is not going to help us solve major human and environmental challenges such as...

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1/8/20
Bartlett: Mulch Application Guidelines

Mulches provide many benefits for trees and shrubs. Properly applied mulch will moderate soil temperatures, reduce soil moisture loss, reduce soil compaction, provide nutrients, improve soil structure, foster beneficial microbial communities, and keep...

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10/15/19
Studio One: A New Teaching Model for Exploring Bio-Inspired Design and Fabrication

The increasing specialization in architecture has clearly left its marks not only on the general
profession but also on architectural education. Many universities around the world react to this
development by offering primarily...

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5/6/19
Hurricane Preparedness: Tips for Cultural Institutions

When you receive notice of a hurricane that has the potential to impact your area, it’s important that all individuals and cultural institutions prepare for possible strong winds, heavy rain, and flooding. 

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12/7/18
Adapting to the Recurring Threat of Wildfire: Botanic Garden Case Studies and Lessons Learned

The below case studies were collected and shared in a September 2018 Newsletter from the Center for Plant Conservation. 

Based on an interview with Denise Knapp, Director of...

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11/26/18
Adapting the botanical landscape of Melbourne Gardens (Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria) in response to climate change

Botanic gardens around the world maintain collections of living plants for science, conservation, education, beauty and more. These collections change over time e in scope and content e but the predicted impacts of climate change...

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2/9/18
Public Garden Article: The Cost of Design, "Pay me now or pay me later."

This cliche, made famous through advertising associated with automobile oil filters, graphically portrays the relationship between present actions and longterm maintenance considerations. Let's face it. We all tend to examine current expenditures more...

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11/5/15
Public Garden Article: Recipe For a Successful Garden: Management, Design, Maintenance

Sound master planning for an arboretum starts with an assessment of the existing landscape and leads to an integrated package of management (longterm operations planning), design (the realization of the new visions), and maintenance (day-to-day...

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11/5/15
Public Garden Article: Design Principles

Effective communication between the public garden administrator and the garden designer is an essential part of the design process. In working with the designer, the garden administrator must review proposed solutions and ultimately accept, reject or...

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11/5/15
Public Garden Article: Design Basics

Proper planning is the essential first step in the garden design process. After the master plan is drawn and accepted, though, the work of implementing design projects begins. As a design evolves, many issues will be considered including the use of...

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11/5/15
Public Garden Article: Architectural Ethics: Considerations For Environmentally Conscious Design

Architectural design is a decision-making process in which we both create our own surroundings and respond to the environment around us. The places we create reveal much about our understanding of, and connection with, our environment. In essence, our...

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11/5/15