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December Lunch & Learn: Meet Our New CEO!

Join us for this Lunch & Learn to meet our new CEO, Michelle Provaznik. Michelle has over 20 years of business and leadership experience and most recently served as Executive Director at Gardens on Spring Creek in Fort Collins, Colorado. 

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12/9/22
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IDEA Café: Reflections on IDEA Work

As we end 2022, watch this IDEA Café to reflect on lessons learned from the year. Hear from panelists at various gardens as they share about successful aspects of IDEA efforts, strategies that we want to improve, and everything in-between.

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12/6/22
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November Lunch & Learn: The Inside Scoop on Public Garden Magazine

Learn about all things Public Garden – the quarterly journal of the American Public Gardens Association produced by Association members for Association members. 

Join Association Staff and the Chair of the Editorial Advisory Group (EAG...

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11/4/22
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IDEA Cafe: Disability Inclusion at Gardens: A Participatory Workshop on Best Practices

Test your accessibility knowledge while hearing first-hand accounts of people who have come together at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) to create more inclusive experiences for visitors. Join advisors, consultants, and staff from BBG, to learn about...

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10/3/22
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Grow Your Technology Practices: Give Your Patrons and Members a World Class Guest Experience

You work tirelessly to maintain your beautiful gardens and give your visitors a magical experience when they come to wander through the blooms. It is important to treat your members and visitors with the same level of care and cultivate strong...

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9/13/22
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April Lunch & Learn: Attracting and Retaining Guest Services Staff

Join us for this lunch and learn to review a survey taken by 72 guest services personnel that asked them what attracted them to their jobs, why they are still on the job once they accepted the job offer, and what would keep them on staff in the future...

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3/14/22
Museums in the Year Ahead: How Cultural Organizations are Envisioning Digital Engagement, Hybrid Models, and Innovation in 2022 and Beyond

As museums continue to navigate the sweeping ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as envision the future of the cultural industry, it's clear that digital considerations will remain critical. In particular, terms like “hybrid” and “phygital...

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1/27/22
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January Lunch & Learn: School Programs 101

Join us for this Lunch & Learn to get insight on improving your school field trips and programming! Learn how Erin Smaldone, Education Director at from West Virginia Botanic Garden, approaches school program planning. Topics covered will include...

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1/13/22
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Ask An Expert: Chief Diversity Officers

Over the next ten years, the public garden industry is projected to face a shortage of leaders due to retirements. The Emerging Professionals Community of the Association presents "Ask an Expert”. 

Join us in exploring a new trend in the field:...

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11/4/21
LGBTQ Inclusion in Public Gardens: A Toolkit

Public gardens increasingly recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion in their work. This toolkit provides concrete ways to address LGBTQ inclusion in gardens. It explains the importance of LGBTQ inclusion, including the challenges LGBTQ...

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9/20/21
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Timed Ticketing Post-COVID

More than a year has passed since many of our gardens were forced to rethink day to day operations to meet government guidelines, protect our employees, and help prevent the spread of COVID-19. One of the tools that many of us quickly adopted was a...

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4/8/21
Re-Opening Museums & Cultural Attractions: Succeeding in the Post-COVID Era with Thoughtful Digital Tools

In March 2020, museums and cultural organizations across the world closed their doors due to Coronavirus. Now, almost half a year later, many institutions are in the early phases of reopening.
In order to initiate a successful reopening, digital...

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2/19/21
Selecting the Right Interpretive Tool for Your Garden

How do you create that perfect combination of interpretive vehicles to reach your various audiences? Our panelists explore the right mix of brochures, QR codes, signage, apps, and other tools to connect our visitors to our beautiful garden spaces....

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12/15/20
Lunch and Learn! Artists Activate: Environmental Connection, Conservation, & Community

This session highlights the unique roles artists and art play in creatively inspiring, engaging, and empowering the public to care about nature, and take action to address today's critical ecological issues. Elayna Toby Singer shares strategies from...

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12/2/20
So What? - Using Interpretive Themes to Improve All Aspects of Visitor Experience

A strong interpretive theme statement provides a clear big idea and the "so what" message that can help deepen visitor experience. Interpretive themes are typically used for signage projects and programming, but they can be used for so much more. In...

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10/22/20
Botanical Gardens in a Time of Crisis: Targeted Results from a National Study of Attenders and the Public

Soon after coronavirus started spreading in the United States, Slover Linett and LaPlaca Cohen collaborated to launch a large-scale audience research study to help inform decision making in arts and culture organizations, including public gardens. The...

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10/7/20
Guest Services Community 2020 VIRTUAL Annual Meeting

Community Chair Elizabeth Dickey of the Idaho Botanical Garden leads the 2020 Annual Meeting of the Association's Guest Services Community.

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7/16/20
Diversity and Community Support in Membership and Visitor Services

Across the nation, we are deeply shaken and distressed by the death of George Floyd and the widespread injustice towards the Black community. In light of current events and the national reckoning with deeply-rooted systemic racism in our country, it is...

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6/10/20
The Onsite Member Experience After Coronavirus Closures

Across the world, we’re beginning to see museums, zoos, gardens, and other cultural sites reopen after coronavirus closures. Many are initiating phased reopenings, using timed-ticketing and contactless modes of entry, opening to members only, and/or...

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6/8/20
Focus on Re-Opening Part II: Marketing & Communications Community Town Hall

The Association's Marketing & Communications Community focuses on re-opening experiences. Features two very different reopening experiences from the Huntington Botanical Garden and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and discussions moderated by Vice-...

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5/20/20

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