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Extreme Events in the Urban Forest: Assessment, Response, and Recovery

Natural disasters cause significant damage each year to our urban forests, and years of local investment in planting and caring for community trees can be suddenly wiped away. We know that urban forest and community resilience can be improved by using...

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2/25/21
Seeing the Landscape from the Trees: An Ecosystemic Approach to Urban Forestry

The term “urban forest” is often used to refer to all the trees within a city or town. But the urban forest is part of a much larger social-ecological landscape that supports a complex web of biodiversity, ecosystem services, values, and cultures.  The...

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1/29/21
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
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
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
New Tools for Identifying and Prioritizing Range Shifting Invasive Plants

Join Jenica Allen and Bethany Bradley to learn about new tools for identifying and prioritizing range-shifting invasive plants coming soon to a landscape near you. Whether you’re a property owner, land manager, landscape professional, or policymaker,...

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11/25/19
Old Ways New Ways, Regenerative Thinking in the 21 st Century

In October 2018, the Stockholm Resilience Centre released a report “Transformation is Feasible” to the Club of Rome on how to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals within Planetary Boundaries. Of four simulations run, only transformational...

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7/29/19
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
The Renovation of Asa Gray Garden: Beauty, Inspiration, Botany, and Education

A collaborative relationship between Asa Gray Garden at Mount Auburn (an active cemetery), architects, and nearby Arnold Arboretum resulted in a beautiful and inspiring garden featuring trees, shrubs, and perennials that provide color, texture, and...

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7/9/19
#Future Green Collar: Engaging Young People with Careers in Horticulture

How can public gardens reach out to young people and engage them with careers that include horticulture and plant science, to ensure the future of their workforce and skills succession? How can this work be transferred into activity with the partners—...

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7/9/19
Farm for the City: Gardening for the Greater Good

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society created a vegetable farm in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia. Visitors engaged with local experts in an exchange of knowledge about growing food and the impacts of community gardens. To engage a broad...

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6/28/19
Connecting through Controversy: 5 Perspectives on Food Systems Outreach

Food is personal and because of this, conversations around food and agriculture can be emotionally charged and even divisive. How can public gardens address polarizing subjects in food systems while doing these conversations justice? What are the risks...

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6/28/19
Analysis of Climate Change Impacts on Tree Species of the Eastern US

Participants will learn about the potential impacts of climate change on 125 tree species of the eastern US. Changes in suitable habitat, capacity to cope with the changing climate, and potential for infilling or migration by the end of this century...

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6/24/19
Building a Road Map for North American Crop Wild Relatives
To accomplish our goals, we must act soon, and we must work together. We endorse an ambitious regional initiative built on partnerships between plant conservation, land management, agricultural science, and botanical education and outreach...
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4/15/19
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
Role of Agroforestry in Supporting Pollinators

Join the conversation to learn how agroforestry practices can be designed and managed to support pollinator conservation and services in temperate regions. 

Agroforestry can enhance habitat and reduce pesticide exposure for pollinators and...

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10/24/18
Mapping Public Gardens to the Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were agreed to by 193 States Members in 2015 and provide a global framework to address sustainability challenges facing the planet. Public gardens through their collections, displays,...

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10/5/18
Exploring the Role of Vegetable Gardens at Public Gardens

This session aims to showcase the diverse ways vegetable gardens at various institutions address important subjects such as education, ornamental display, food production, community outreach, and even climate change. Speakers from various gardens will...

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6/21/18
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
Rapid-Fire Presentations

Hear stories that embrace the theme of “Cultivating Your Creativity." Several presenters from different public gardens shared a 5 minute story on a program or project their institution is embracing. 

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6/19/18

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