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Telling the Whole Story: Using an Inclusive Interpretation of Gardens & Historic Landscapes to Reach a Broader Audience

Hear from a diverse panel on how to use inclusive interpretation of gardens and historic landscapes to reach a broader audience.

Panelists include Shaun Spencer-Hester of the Anne Spencer House & Garden Museum, Lynchburg, VA; Peggy Cornett...

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1/19/21
Interpreting the Science: A Toolkit to Communicate the Value of Native Plants

Native plants are important to the landscape. However, there is little clear information out there informing the lay public on native plant scientific benefits, uses in the landscape, and sourcing of plants. As centers of science, public gardens have a...

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8/7/20
Experience Bees: Community Outreach Tool for Bee Conservation Efforts

Despite the importance of bees, there is a gap in the public's understanding of them. To help address this gap, we developed the outreach tool Experience Bees, a series of simple learning and hands-on activities to teach community members about bees...

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10/24/19
Curation and Interpretation in Medicinal Plant Gardens

Medicinal plants have an immense need for intensive curation and interpretation. Many of the more powerful and important medicinal species have little aesthetic value, making medicinal collections difficult to display. Properly interpreted, medicinal...

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7/9/19
Welcome Wildlife to your Garden

The Sonoran Desert is one of the most ecologically diverse deserts in the world with more than 2,000 native plant species and hundreds of wildlife species. Special adaptations have allowed plants and animals to survive and thrive in this desert climate...

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12/28/18
An evolutionary and cultural biography of ginkgo

Ginkgo biloba is a distinctive living tree with a unique place in plant evolution and
human culture. It is valued in horticulture and as a street tree, is a source of edible
“nuts” and popular in herbal medicine, and it has proved...

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12/11/18
Eat Your Way Through History

It is not always about the size of the garden or the diversity of plants. Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden is situated in the Historic District of Kernersville, North Carolina. The development of their Moravian Style Kitchen Garden ties history and...

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6/21/18
Visualizing Change: Context Briefing Report

The following topics are explored in this briefing report: visitor concerns regarding prioritized topics related to climate change (including sea level rise, glacier/sea ice change, ocean acidification, migration patterns and changes, impact of drought...

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12/22/17
Gathering around the Table: How Six Gardens Connect People to Food

We are all connected to plants through the food we eat. A foodbased garden starts conversations and gets people interested while providing an entrée to programs and interpretation in numerous topics including science, history, literature, and even...

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7/9/17
Climate is Changing Collections Management

As climate change places continued pressure upon wild-plant populations, botanical gardens and arboreta become increasingly indispensable conservation agents. Not only are collection managers faced with harder...

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9/24/16
Longwood Gardens

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Pollinator Interpretation: Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens’ newest garden is the Meadow Garden, a swath of 86 acres of wildflower plantings that highlights a number of native plants, birds, and pollinators. The Meadow Garden also includes hives for...

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7/1/16
Denver Botanic Gardens

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Pollinator Interpretation: Denver Botanic Gardens

The Denver Botanic Gardens openly shares their own pollinator protection practices for garden visitors. Interpretive signage details information on the gardens’ nest boxes for wood-nesting bees, IPM...

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7/1/16
Smithsonian Gardens

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Pollinator Education and Outreach: Smithsonian Butterfly Habitat Garden

The Smithsonian Butterfly Habitat Garden lies along the National Museum of Natural History between the National Mall and Constitution Avenue where millions of visitors walk each year. The garden...

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7/1/16
Western Botanical Gardens: History and Evolution

The history of botanical gardens, from ancient Egyptian and Roman roots, through medieval and Renaissance developments, and up to 21st century developments, is chronicled in a new article, ‘Western Botanical Gardens: History and Evolution’ by Donald A...

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1/25/16