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Urban Agriculture Resilience Program Q&A

The United States Botanic Garden and the American Public Gardens Association are working to support public gardens and their partners in facilitating collaborative food-growing and education programs. For 2021, the...

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4/16/21
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
Using botanic gardens and arboreta to help identify urban trees for the future

Diversification of urban forests is essential to enhance their resilience to future biotic
threats as well as those posed by a changing climate. Arboreta and botanic gardens
host a wide range of plant material that can be evaluated to...

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11/9/20
Redlining's Intensifying Harm: Rising Temperatures, Hotter Neighborhoods, and How Trees Can Help

Many are well aware of the inequitable distribution of trees in our urban areas.  Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities often face the greatest burden of heat, air pollution, and flooding all of which urban greening can help to...

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8/25/20
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
Unlocking Boundaries: Propagating Native Plants with Incarcerated Populations

Stacy Moore and Tyler Knapp present this webinar on Propagating Native Plants with Incarcerated Populations. 

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7/9/20
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
A Master Gardener Survey: Promoting Pollinator-friendly Plants Through Education and Outreach

As land-use patterns change over time, some pollinating insects continue to decline both in abundance and diversity. This is due, in part, to reductions in floral resources that provide sufficient nectar and pollen. Our overall goal is to help increase...

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1/28/20
TIPS Community Webinar: PlantSnap Initiative

The Association's TIPS Community presents a "Technology Tuesday" on the Association's PlantSnap Initiative featuring PlantSnap founder Eric Ralls. Find out how your garden can participate in this exciting citizen science project.

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12/4/19
Crop Science Special Issue: Connecting Agriculture, Public Gardens and Science

North America’s agricultural and natural landscapes are vital to feeding humanity—they are home to many populations of important food plants and their wild relatives. Climate change is projected to significantly impact the agricultural sector and any...

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11/25/19
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
A Road Map for Conservation, Use, and Public Engagement around North America’s Crop Wild Relatives and Wild Utilized Plants

Crop wild relatives—the plant species closely related to agricultural crops—are valuable
genetic resources used by plant breeders to increase pest and disease resistance, stress
tolerance, nutritional profile, and other traits critical to...

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8/20/19
Forest Resources of the United States, 2017: A Technical Document Supporting the Forest Service 2020 RPA Assessment.

The nation’s forest land area remains stable, but the composition and distribution of those forests is changing. The data supporting this assertion, along with other information on the status, condition, and trends in the nation’s forest resources, are...

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6/14/19
Resetting the table for people and plants: Botanic gardens and research organizations collaborate to address food and agricultural plant blindness

Of the myriad gifts plants provide to humanity, food is among the most visible, as everyone needs to eat, every single day. Due to their universal importance, food and agricultural plants would appear to represent ideal entryways to address plant...

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5/28/19
Indigenous knowledge networks in the face of global change

Indigenous communities rely extensively on plants for food, shelter, and medicine. It is still unknown, however, to what degree their survival is jeopardized by the loss of either plant species or
knowledge about their services. To fill this gap...

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5/7/19
Beyond the Children's Garden Gate: Five Creative Ideas for Young Families

After opening the Lena Meijer Children's Garden in 2004, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park saw a 25% increase in membership and observed that more young families were visiting Meijer Gardens than ever before. Staff were presented with a new...

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6/19/18
Jennifer Schwarz-Ballard from Chicago Botanic Garden: Embedding community work in your organisation

During this webinar Jennifer Schwarz-Ballard took us on a whistle-stop tour of the history of Chicago Botanic Garden's community work, some of their inspiring current projects, like ...

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3/8/18
Exploring Culinary Arts Programs at Public Horticulture Institutions

Demand for food and beverages that are locally grown and made, organic, and nutritious has been on the rise in recent years, and many public gardens are recognizing the interest in and need for programming about these topics. Public...

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12/4/17
Energy-Saving Trees

Public gardens have the capacity to have a positive influence on their community though interactions with their guests. The Energy-Saving Trees Program offers a platform for gardens to provide service to their...

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9/22/16