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6/18/21
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A Conversation on Master Planning

This audio conversation took place via Zoom in late October 2020. It was conducted by Tommy Rosenbluth, Program Manager of the Association's Climate & Sustainability Alliance, and features Kelly D. Norris, former Director of Horticulture and...

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4/30/21
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
Getting Started Managing your Land

Put your knowledge and plan into action to manage your forest land! This presentation will help you learn how to implement a woodland management plan that achieves your objectives.

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3/2/21
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
The Science and Practice of Managing Forests in Cities

The past few months have highlighted the importance of parks and nature in cities. Urban natural areas are critical as refugia, protecting biodiversity and mitigating the impacts of climate change all while contributing to the health and wellbeing of...

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6/30/20
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
Why Are Trees Important? Human Health and Economics

An ever-growing, international body of research points to many human health and wellness benefits that result from nearby nature experiences. But what about trees? Two recent reviews have explored, first, the studies that focus on the urban forest and...

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11/25/19
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
Old Ways New Ways, Regenerative Thinking in the 21 st Century

In October 2018, the Stockholm Resilience Centre released a report “Transformation is Feasible” to the Club of Rome on how to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals within Planetary Boundaries. Of four simulations run, only transformational...

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7/29/19
Genius from Gender Diversity in Design

Public gardens can benefit by focusing on women as past and future contributors of note to the field of landscape design. Three public gardens will reveal how the contributions of Beatrix Farrand and Ellen Biddle Shipman, groundbreaking women in...

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7/16/19
Integrating Income, Education, Advocacy, and Service

Public gardens, which are centers for expertise, often have concerns with earned-revenue generation and education seeing consulting income as a conflict with their mission. Our experience shows education, advocacy, and service can enhance relevance and...

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7/9/19
Building the Buzz: Pollinate New England as a Model for Regional Engagement

How can organizational partners address each other’s needs and amplify each other’s missions, not only within a city, but throughout a region? Native Plant Trust (formerly New England Wild Flower Society) received an IMLS grant to create a network of...

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7/9/19
Breakthrough Design Initiatives for Your Public Garden

Award-winning landscape designer, author, and thought leader Julie Moir Messervy shares her design studio’s visioning process that allows stakeholders to collaborate in creating special gardens of beauty and meaning for their public gardens. With an...

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7/9/19

 

 
 
Adopting a 'More than Less Bad' Paradigm at South Coast Botanical Garden

Located on a former landfill, South Coast Botanic Garden employed a regenerative and systematic paradigm and approach for the design of the Creek Garden and Lake in order to holistically manage large amounts of off-site stormwater, conserve water...

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7/2/19

 

 
 
Celebrating Water: How Three Gardens Tell Their Story of Water Conservation Through the Lens of Place

Water is a precious resource, and water scarcity issues are closely interrelated with climate change worldwide. While each of our gardens have different regional challenges when it comes to water collection, conservation, and reuse; public gardens are...

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7/1/19
Empathy in Action: Using Design Thinking Tools to Understand Our Audiences

Design thinking is a useful framework for working through any number of challenges public gardens face. Design thinking is a dynamic process that goes through four basic steps and provides us with techniques like developing personas, creating...

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6/28/19

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