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Using Zoom for Virtual Programs: Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices

Many gardens turned to Zoom in a hurry last year to build out virtual programming for youth and adult educational programs, large meetings, and other events. The convenience and accessibility of online programming helped broaden audiences and overcome...

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8/24/21
The No BS Guide to Digital Transformation: How Intentional Culture Change Can Propel Associations Forward

With regard to digital transformation, it’s no longer a question of “will we, or won’t we?” Circumstances have conspired to force association executives to think about how we’re going to do digital, bringing it into the core strategy of the...

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7/9/21
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
Unmuted: What works, what doesn’t, and how we can all do better when working together online

If you work remotely (or supervise people who do) and spend much of your day in videoconferences, this report was written for you. It may be most relevant to individuals working at nonprofits and foundations, colleges and universities, and government...

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12/4/20
Millions, Billions, and Trillions - Do You Have the Tools to Keep New Trees Alive?

To keep pace with the increasing impacts of climate change, people across the country are planting more and more trees. But how will you track these trees to make sure you get the optimal return on this investment of time and resources? Join us for a...

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11/2/20
Roadmap for Funders: Investing in Digital Infrastructure

As society moves from response to recovery to reimagining, grantmakers are increasingly recognizing that social change in the digital era requires an investment in technology. This investment is more than tools alone; rather it's a commitment to...

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8/18/20
Green-Wood Cemetery GIS Project

This is an example of how a historic landscape and public garden used GIS to map, track, and monitor tree health on their grounds. The presentation highlights how one might be able to use GIS at their public garden and some of the key features GIS...

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10/31/18
Garden Mapping

This presentation from the 2018 Small Gardens Symposium covers Esri ArcGIS for Parks and Gardens that enable you to use the Esri Mapping platform to manage the collections, facilities, interpretive aspects of your public gardens. 

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1/18/18
The Alliance for Public Gardens GIS

The Alliance for Public Gardens GIS is a consortium of biological collection managers and GIS professionals who are dedicated to making geographic information systems more...

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10/18/17
How Do You Get There?: Digital Mapping in a Garden Setting

Institutions struggle with how to bring technology into their garden experience. With the importance of wayfinding and interpretation, an interactive map can help to share their story and ensure an extraordinary experience. But what approach is best?...

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7/9/17
Innovative Technology Test Kitchen

Public gardens are increasingly exploring new technologies to provide business intelligence, manage collections, and deliver interpretive and education programs. With a vast array of hardware and software solutions available, how do gardens begin to...

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7/9/17
Are Barcodes Dead? Improving The Inventory of Living Plant Collections Using Optical Technology

Barcodes have been around since the 1970s and are now an essential tool in the successful running of many large organizations. Some of the advantages of using barcodes and RFID tags may be obvious, but is it enough to just stick a barcode on a plant...

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7/9/17
Horticulture + Data = Better Gardens

From Google analytics to CompStat, we live in an era of big data. It’s not the size of the data set that matters, though; it’s what you do with it. Horticulture teams at public gardens are using data analysis to make better decisions about chemical...

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7/9/17
Introduction to IrisBG: Advanced Collection Management Made Easy

A seemingly never-ending challenge for many botanic gardens today is to have sufficient time to record accurate information about their plant collection. IrisBG has been designed to tackle this challenge head-on by making it easy to record and keep...

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7/9/17
Using Data to Develop a New Membership Program

The Membership program at Longwood Gardens originally launched in 2007 and quickly grew to over 65,000 household Members by 2016. The program, as originally designed, was not able to support future growth while providing an extraordinary member...

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2/27/17
The Ecological Atlas Project: Building Ecological Literacy through Art, Science & Technology

This presentation will show the profound role that art, science, and technology play in building ecological literacy and resilience. Presented by award-winning landscape architect and educator, Roberto Rovira...

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9/24/16
Screen Versus Green

Do you feel a tension between your mission and the overwhelming push to incorporate technology into your visitor experience? Are you curious about how others have used technology to enhance, rather than...

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9/24/16
Photo-Verification: Digital Images as Verification Tools

What??? Can’t afford to fly the taxonomist 1,200 miles back to your garden 3-4 times/year to verify one genus? Neither could Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG), so it created a digital verification program to...

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9/24/16