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The Science and Practice of Managing Forests in Cities

The past few months have highlighted the importance of parks and nature in cities. Urban natural areas are critical as refugia, protecting biodiversity and mitigating the impacts of climate change all while contributing to the health and wellbeing of...

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6/30/20
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
Why Are Trees Important? Human Health and Economics

An ever-growing, international body of research points to many human health and wellness benefits that result from nearby nature experiences. But what about trees? Two recent reviews have explored, first, the studies that focus on the urban forest and...

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11/25/19
Genius from Gender Diversity in Design

Public gardens can benefit by focusing on women as past and future contributors of note to the field of landscape design. Three public gardens will reveal how the contributions of Beatrix Farrand and Ellen Biddle Shipman, groundbreaking women in...

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7/16/19
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
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. With an...

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7/9/19
A Pathway to Sustainable American Cities: A Guide to Implementing the SDGs

With this guide, cities can take advantage of the SDG framework and other cities’ experiences, saving valuable time and resources in setting goals and strategies while not reinventing the wheel. This guide also provides case studies and examples from U...

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2/7/19
Natural Areas Management Plan for Matthaei Botanical Gardens: Nichols Arboretum, Horner- McLaughlin Woods, and Mud Lake Bog Cody

The purpose of a Natural Areas Land Management Plan for the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum is to create a forward-focused systematic document that covers the most essential topics for land management. The ecological history of...

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12/28/18
Green-Wood Cemetery GIS Project

This is an example of how a historic landscape and public garden used GIS to map, track, and monitor tree health on their grounds. The presentation highlights how one might be able to use GIS at their public garden and some of the key features GIS...

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10/31/18
Getting the Most Out of SDG Data Investments: A Living Manual for Increasing Value by Focusing on Decision Needs and Portfolio Function

This Guide is a tool for those seeking to design a cost-effective and fit-for-purpose data and information system for the Sustainable Development Goals. It is aimed at key decisionmakers seeking to harness the full power of data to achieve the SDGs

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9/5/18
Building a Local SDG Data Monitoring System for Baltimore: Insights from the US National Reporting Platform and New York City

Under the USA Sustainable Cities Initiative (USASCI), Baltimore completed a report entitled “Baltimore’s Sustainable Future: Localizing the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Strategies and Indicators”, which recommends local indicators for achieving...

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9/5/18
Creation of a Contemporary Islamic Garden

What happens when a Canadian botanic garden receives a $25 million gift from His Highness the Aga Khan? Conceived as a collaboration between the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, University of Alberta, and Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, the...

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6/20/18
Teaming for Master Planning Success

Public gardens evolve over time: A private estate opens to the public, a developing cultural hub seeks to better integrate its member institutions, a landfill turned garden expands its offerings. Each of these real-life situations called for a...

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6/19/18
The Business of Planting Trees

Across the world, companies with a wide range of business models are making money from planting trees. These restoration enterprises are proving that restoring degraded forests and agricultural lands is not only good for the planet, but a good business...

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4/19/18
The Alliance for Public Gardens GIS

The Alliance for Public Gardens GIS is a consortium of biological collection managers and GIS professionals who are dedicated to making geographic information systems more...

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10/18/17
Fusing Seasonal Display Planning with Garden-wide Approaches and Programming

In this multi-speaker presentation, we will discuss how to create a seasonal horticultural display throughout an institution. The session will focus on institution wide approaches of creating “themes” in the displays, which includes fusion of...

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7/9/17
Ramped Up Rapid Fire!

Join your garden colleagues of small, university, and large gardens as they share their creative success stories in a lively and focused “rapid fire” session. Each presenter must tell his/her story in six...

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9/24/16
Preserving 20th Century Garden Design Excellence While Adapting as Resilient 21st Century Public Gardens

Today the leaders of public gardens are faced with many difficult decisions related to climate change, membership and audience development, change in historic character, and maintenance. Necessary contemporary...

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9/24/16
2015 Celebrate Design Event Presentation

The Design and Planning Section of American Public Gardens Association hosted the 2nd Celebrate Design! Reception on Wednesday, June 24 during the 2015 American Public Gardens Association Annual Conference in Minneapolis / St. Paul,...

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11/4/15