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The Business of Native Plants: Generating Revenue through Creative Garden Enterprises

Native plant, pollinator, and habitat issues are growing more popular among the visiting public each year, but does this translate more broadly into increased nursery sales?

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7/9/19
Breakthrough Design Initiatives for Your Public Garden

Award-winning landscape designer, author, and thought leader Julie Moir Messervy shares her design studio’s visioning process that allows stakeholders to collaborate in creating special gardens of beauty and meaning for their public gardens.

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7/9/19
Adopting a 'More than Less Bad' Paradigm at South Coast Botanical Garden

Located on a former landfill, South Coast Botanic Garden employed a regenerative and systematic paradigm and approach for the design of the Creek Garden and Lake in order to holistically manage large amounts of off-site stormwater, conserve water throug

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7/2/19
Celebrating Water: How Three Gardens Tell Their Story of Water Conservation Through the Lens of Place

Water is a precious resource, and water scarcity issues are closely interrelated with climate change worldwide.

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7/1/19
Empathy in Action: Using Design Thinking Tools to Understand Our Audiences

Design thinking is a useful framework for working through any number of challenges public gardens face.

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6/28/19
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.

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6/28/19
A Contemporary View Toward Making Public Gardens Racially Diverse and Equitable

The staff and visitors of many public gardens are less diverse than the communities they serve. Events, policies, and Carl Linnaeus’s categorization of humans have created long-standing barriers.

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6/28/19
Gardens Growing Together—Even across the World!

International partnerships have existed since the first botanic garden was created, and they are essential for biodiversity preservation today.

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6/28/19
Having Uncomfortable Conversations in Beautiful Places

Meaningful conversations leading to change happen in the gray areas of conversation. We must go beyond thinking in terms of black and white and speaking only with people who agree with us.

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6/28/19
Negotiated Bidding: A Friendlier, Cheaper Way to Build

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens just completed a new 30,000-square-foot visitor center. Our goal was to build to passive building standards with quality construction for under $275 sq/ft.

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6/28/19

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