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The staff and visitors of many public gardens are less diverse than the communities they serve. Events, policies, and Carl Linnaeus’s categorization of humans have created long-standing barriers.
As cultural attitudes and mindsets shift ever more rapidly, how do botanical gardens stay relevant? Our collections, from living plants to herbarium specimens, represent an intrinsic part of botanical garden DNA.
Providing alcohol can be a big draw for development events, but did you know it can also increase your audience base as well as attendance numbers for mission-based education programs?
Let's face it. We are a public garden first, a venue second. Yet, events bring people to the beauty of the gardens, as well as bring much needed earned revenue to support our missions.
Orchid, holiday, and other types of big shows and festivals are becoming increasingly popular ways to draw in visitors to public gardens.