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Children, Youth and Family Education with a Purpose

STEM careers and programs have gained prominence in recent years as youth are shown opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through robotics, computer programming, and game development. Although often overlooked, horticulture...

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7/9/19
Empowering Learners Beyond the Classroom

Educational programs in public gardens are connecting learners, both teachers and students, with the outside world. The BRIT professional learning experience allows teachers to build student-centered learning opportunities that engage learners in...

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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
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
Growing Smarter, Not Harder: Managing Growth in a Changing World

Growth is vital for any organization to be successful but many institutions do not strategically plan how, why, and where they invest resources to grow strategically. Whether large or small, managing your growth is critical to make sure your garden's...

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7/9/19
Integrating Indigenous Languages into Gardens

University of British Columbia (UBC) Botanical Garden is located on the traditional and unceded land of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) First Nation. The 2019 UN International Year of Indigenous Language draws attention to the critical global loss of...

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7/9/19
IMP360: Interpretive Master Planning from Every Angle

As public gardens become increasingly focused on visitor experience, the story they tell about themselves—and the way gardens use this story to engage their stakeholders—is more important than ever. Participants will hear from five professionals at...

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7/9/19
Tattoos, Drag Queens, and Botanic Gardens, Oh My!

Millennials represent one quarter of the nation’s population, but many gardens struggle to create offerings that this demographic finds valuable, leading to few engagement opportunities for millennials and millennial-minded people in public gardens. By...

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7/9/19
Diversity through a Different Lens: Governance and Audience Engagement by Parks, Zoos, and Other Green Spaces

Green spaces (zoos, city parks, and urban farms) and cultural institutions are capturing our gap audiences—racial minorities, youth and young adults, and people of lower socioeconomic status. Come find out why it is important to engage and collaborate...

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7/9/19
Equity and Inclusion: Throwing Open the Visible and Invisible Gates of our Garden Begins by Leaving Ajar the Doors of Our Hearts

People of color, people of diverse circumstance, faiths, backgrounds, health and abilities, gender identity and orientation, are under-represented in our organization because of something our garden was or is—something it once said or did—something it...

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7/9/19
Building the Buzz: Pollinate New England as a Model for Regional Engagement

How can organizational partners address each other’s needs and amplify each other’s missions, not only within a city, but throughout a region? Native Plant Trust (formerly New England Wild Flower Society) received an IMLS grant to create a network of...

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7/9/19
Getting the Word Out...About the Importance of Native Plants and their Habitats

As interest in native plants and their habitats grows, what roles do we play as public garden professionals, in nurturing and expanding this interest, and providing sufficient learning opportunities? Members of this panel will present several methods...

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7/9/19
The Art of Displaying Art in the Landscape: A Survey of Diverse Approaches

Art sparks new dialogues and can simultaneously represent the past, present, and future, fostering connections and understanding across cultures. Gardens, parks, and public spaces continue to expand on traditional notions of art access and display,...

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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 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? With ecological testing ongoing to determine differences in habitat value...

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7/9/19
Catching a Jaguar by the Tail

Capturing the attention of those beyond the “usual suspects” of botanical garden enthusiasts often requires creative leveraging of all available assets. These assets may include emblematic “umbrella” species outside of the plant kingdom. In the case of...

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7/9/19
Get on the Path Toward Understanding Your Audiences and Impact

Many gardens collect basic information on their visitors as they walk through the gate, however traditional demographics only scratch the surface when trying to understand our audiences and impact. We can describe our visitors superficially, but how do...

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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
Nature's Fun I Swear: Engaging High School Students in Outdoor Education

Public gardens across the United States and Canada are exposing young adults to the outdoors through interesting and innovative programs. From daily hands-on field trips to youth movements to partnerships with schools, students are developing a better...

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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

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