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Biocultural stewardship: Transforming our urban and community forestry practices

Diverse perspectives and approaches to learning and knowing can strengthen our work in urban and community forestry. Indigenous and local knowledge is embedded in the concept of biocultural stewardship - an approach to working with communities...

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12/28/20
Community Foundations as a COVID-19 Resource: How to Leverage Donor-Advised Funds

Community foundations play a key role in the development of local communities. The San Francisco Foundation, the Denver Foundation, and Candid discuss how their donor-advised funds (DAFs) are creating a positive impact in their communities. The...

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7/30/20
CommuniTree: A Model for Engaging Communities in Tree Planting and Maintenance Projects

Tree planting can help communities achieve many resiliency goals such as cooling heat islands, reducing stormwater floods, and building neighborhood cohesion. But trees can only do these things if they survive and thrive to maturity. CommuniTree is a...

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4/13/20
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
Embracing Indigenous Values in Public Gardens and in Our Communities

Public Gardens are positioned to not only support the protection of plants but lessons about how they intersect with thriving communities as well. Indigenous communities and their associated values are critical components to developing solutions to...

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7/9/19
Creating Doors and Rooms: Taking Risks, Engaging Marginalized Communities, and Challenging the Status Quo

Despite the resonant theme of plant biodiversity inherent in the public garden sector, institutions grapple with a staggering lack of human biodiversity in their staffs, member base, donors, and audiences. To achieve inclusivity and maintain relevance...

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7/9/19
The Changing Face of America’s Public Garden Spaces and Community Gardens

Public gardens across America are responding to an influx of refugees/immigrants from many parts of the world with edible garden displays showcasing the increased diversity of our visitors. Community gardens and urban agriculture projects that are...

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6/28/19
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

This presentation reveals how gardens efforts have helped surpass the goals of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge! 

Highlights:

  • Top Pollinator Planting Towns and Cities
  • Garden Impact on Pollinator Diversity and
  • ...
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3/13/19
The Nature of Advocacy at Public Gardens

What is the role of advocacy at public gardens? Can a public garden advocate for conservation legislation? Should you engage your members and visitors in advocacy, and if so, how? If you or your staff have grappled with any of these questions, this...

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6/19/18
Private Sector Involvement in Conservation Action

As President of the Wildlife Habitat Council, Margaret O'Gorman helps companies find value in natural resources conservation and mainstream biodiversity across operations.  She works with multinational corporations to develop integrated...

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3/16/18
Leading Change

This presentation from the 2018 Small Gardens Symposium presented by Shane Smith, Director of Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, will cover how to enlist community support, work with elected officials and volunteers to bring a grand vision into reality...

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1/18/18
Urban Cemeteries as Public Gardens

Mount Auburn, Laurel Hill, and Green-Wood, all established in the 1830s in Boston, Philadelphia, and Brooklyn respectively, were the first three “rural cemeteries” in the nation. As we look to the future where climate change portends massive...

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7/9/17
Building Common Ground: Museum Hill Partners

Museum Hill in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is home to the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, four varied museums, the largest annual gathering of international folk artists, and the National Park Service. Three years ago these diverse organizations came together to...

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7/8/17
Public Gardens as Sensible Beacons of Plant Invasion

Invasive plant species can grow in natural areas even as they are commercially available throughout that region. When this happens, private, commercial, and government sectors may have different perspectives...

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9/24/16