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January Lunch & Learn: Intensive Vegetable Growing

The days of growing vegetables in long rows with generous space between are long gone! Intensive growing practice in agriculture refers to increasing the productivity of a growing space – allowing higher yields out of smaller spaces, reducing labor...

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12/15/21
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Been There, Done That: Going Hybrid

COVID changed so many things, some for the better. One thing that seems destined to stick around is virtual capacity. Events, programming, and workplace initiatives are happening virtually and will continue to do so to reach a wider audience and...

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11/29/21
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Ask An Expert: Chief Diversity Officers

Over the next ten years, the public garden industry is projected to face a shortage of leaders due to retirements. The Emerging Professionals Community of the Association presents "Ask an Expert”. 

Join us in exploring a new trend in the field:...

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11/4/21
Biocultural Diversity for Food System Transformation Under Global Environmental Change

Biocultural diversity is central to the nutrition, resilience, and adaptive capacity of Indigenous and traditional peoples, who collectively maintain the longest ongoing human experiences with the provision of food under environmental change. In the...

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10/18/21
Landscape for a Living World

As we become more aware of the impact human activities can have on our world’s environment, landscape professionals are increasingly inspired to create beautiful designs that coexist well with their surrounding ecosystems. One result is a growing use...

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10/18/21
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October Lunch and Learn: Food Town, USA Book Talk

We were joined for a lunch and learn by author Mark Winne, to talk about his book Food Town, USA. The book looks at local food movements in 7 cities across the US, and how these movements are transforming towns impacted by disappearing...

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10/6/21
Finding the Mother Tree: A Conversation with Suzanne Simard

As a pioneer in the field of plant communication, ecologist Suzanne Simard has spent a lifetime rigorously documenting the forests of North America and the Arctic. Rather than simple collections of individual plants, these forests are complex...

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10/1/21
Forest Bathing 101: Tapping into Everyday Nature

An interactive, meditative “stroll” guided by Judy Beaudette, who explains the history behind forest bathing (‘shinrin yoku’ in Japan), a research-based mindfulness practice that offers wellness through immersion in nature. Evidence-based research...

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9/28/21
LGBTQ Inclusion in Public Gardens: A Toolkit

Public gardens increasingly recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion in their work. This toolkit provides concrete ways to address LGBTQ inclusion in gardens. It explains the importance of LGBTQ inclusion, including the challenges LGBTQ...

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9/20/21
Perception of Nature Play in Children’s Gardens: A Survey of Decision Makers from North American Public Gardens

Children’s gardens have been an increasingly popular addition to North American public gardens in the last two decades. Unlike their counterparts established in healthcare facilities and early-education centers, children’s gardens in public gardens are...

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8/27/21
Using Zoom for Virtual Programs: Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices

Many gardens turned to Zoom in a hurry last year to build out virtual programming for youth and adult educational programs, large meetings, and other events. The convenience and accessibility of online programming helped broaden audiences and overcome...

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8/24/21
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Education Town Hall

Join the Education Community for their Annual Meeting and Town Hall to discuss current issues and ideas in the world of education.

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8/19/21
Learning About Forests (LEAF) Outdoor Education Activities for Schools, Using Nature as a Classroom

Learning about Forests’ vision is to see an increased level of awareness and knowledge about the key role forest ecosystems play on our planet. Through its pedagogical process, the programme helps reflect on all the functions forests fulfil; cultural,...

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8/10/21
Loon Preservation Committee works to keep loons’ eerie call echoing across New Hampshire’s lakes

The Loon Preservation Committee, based in New Hampshire, has been studying the breeding behaviors of loons for decades. The Local Motives duo Nate Murray and Cody Pfister went to New Hampshire to learn from the committee team. Climate change, with its...

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7/30/21
September Lunch & Learn: Is Your Garden Disaster Ready?

Is your garden disaster-ready? We can help! Our new online training provides practical information you can use for building disaster readiness at your garden. Learn the key steps for disaster planning through videos and interactive exercises. Download...

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7/15/21
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Small Gardens Town Hall

Join the Small Gardens Community for their Annual Meeting and Town Hall to discuss current issues and ideas in the world of small gardens.

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7/13/21
Climate Change Pressures on Growing Degree Days, Plant Hardiness Zones, and Heat Zones in the 21st Century

Climate change is already having substantial effects on natural systems and the benefits they provide. It is important to understand how climate change may intensify through this century in order to prepare for future changes. This application features...

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7/6/21
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Emerging Professionals Town Hall

Join the Emerging Professionals Community for their Annual Meeting and Town Hall to discuss current issues and ideas in the world of emerging professionals.

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6/30/21
Advancing Food Equity in Chicago

The City’s Food Equity Agenda is a multi-year effort, crafted in partnership with a cross-section of community and City representatives, to transform the food system by removing barriers to urban farming, supporting BIPOC food entrepreneurs, and better...

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6/25/21
Vanishing yet vital: Western U.S. butterflies in decline

Several recent studies show pollinators, including butterflies, provide $34 billion worth of services in a year. Butterfly observations have declined an estimated 1.6% annually over the past four decades in the western U.S., a decline noted as being “...

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6/25/21

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