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Art sparks new dialogues and can simultaneously represent the past, present, and future, fostering connections and understanding across cultures.
Studies show that only a small percentage of visitors who come to public gardens do so because of the specific plant collections. Most visitors come for educational programing, spiritual rejuvenation and quiet spaces, or even exercise.
Smithsonian Gardens launched their interpretive master plan, recurring exhibition series and, in particular, their inaugural exhibition, Habitat (2019–2020). These initiatives are collaborative efforts involving the entire Smithsonian Gardens staff.
Events are becoming increasingly important fundraisers and friendraisers for gardens of all sizes.
As cultural attitudes and mindsets shift ever more rapidly, how do botanical gardens stay relevant? Our collections, from living plants to herbarium specimens, represent an intrinsic part of botanical garden DNA.
Orchid, holiday, and other types of big shows and festivals are becoming increasingly popular ways to draw in visitors to public gardens.
How do gardens creatively bring new life to their annual exhibitions? Each year gardens across the country feature annual experiences that have become a staple for their organization.
This presentation from the 2018 annual conference covers common materials and objects found in public gardens as well as means of deterioration and damage and some suggestions for remediation.
This guidebook was developed out of strong evidence that audience research can strengthen audience-building initiatives by helping institutions understand how to build meaningful connections with different groups.
An interdisciplinary field trip to a remote marine lab joined graduate students from fine arts and natural resource science departments to think creatively about the topic of climate change and science communication.