Path to Community Cultivation

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Beyond the Botanical Garden: Urban Farms, Healthy Food, Youth Development, Engaged Communities

Urban farms, food deserts, childhood obesity, falling school test scores, high unemployment in at-risk communities… What is a botanical garden to do?

Youth outreach through garden programs is one way that public gardens can maintain and increase relevance now and into the future. Outcomes of this work include food production, youth development, community building, crime prevention, and more. Is it an option or a responsibility for public gardens to do this work? Get beyond the Botanical Garden and into the community.

Presenters: Jesus Sanchez, Cleveland Botanical Garden; Tim Kenny, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum; Eliza Fournier, Chicago Botanic Garden; Barbara Arnold, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens; and Michael Szuberla, Toledo Botanical Garden

A Balanced Plate: Connecting Gardens with the Community through Food

The demographics of America are changing; gardens need to continually assess how they are relating to their communities and look for new opportunities to reach new audiences.

Food is the perfect medium to do this, through exhibits and programs or by engaging the community to address a major societal issue. Participants will be presented with program development models based on organization – and community-wide collaboration. Participants will learn about a wide variety of ways to use food as a connector. We will look at some of the challenges and benefits in using food as a connector to their communities.

Presenters: Richard Piacentini, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens; Caroline Lewis, CLEO Institute; Mary Pat Matheson, Atlanta Botanical Garden; Brian Vogt, Denver Botanical Garden; and Ellen Grevey, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Connecting and Collaborating with the Health and Wellness Community

Public gardens have a natural tie with the health and wellness community.

Public gardens have the opportunity to interact with visitors in ways that encourage healthy living. The connection can be as simple as a walk on a trail, interaction
through informational programs, and encouraging families to create appreciations through time spent outdoors. This presentation will walk through how easy it is to collaborate with the health and wellness field to encourage the public to use your gardens in diverse ways.

Presenters: Megan Fleischer, Laura Appleman, and Jenny Pope, The Dawes Arboretum; Dr. David Sabgir, Walk With a Doc; and Jennifer McDowell, Cleveland Botanical Garden

Friday, June 22, 2012

The Role of Public Gardens in Creating Sustainable Communities

This interactive session will share the findings of a year-long study, funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The study examined the contributions leading public gardens are already made in their communities and the ways that they partnered with community organizations
to make these efforts work. They will also share the barriers that arose in such work. The session will conclude with an exploration of ways that APGA may help support opportunities for more community engagement.

Presenters: Meghan Gough, Virginia Commonwealth University; Randee Humphrey, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden; Drake Fowler, The North Carolina Arboretum Society; and Deborah Chollot Frank, Missouri Botanical Gardens and Susan Lacerte, Queens Botanical Garden; Robin Simmen, Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Strategic Partnerships for Community Gardens

Community gardens give us a place to share our gardening expertise, our cultures, our ideas, our feelings, and our skills.

Come learn how to build a successful community garden through strong partnerships, shared missions, and community outreach. Participants will learn the community building needed in a community garden, technical aspects of starting a community garden (land leases, etc.), how to form strategic partnerships to enhance the uccess of a community garden, and how to provide community outreach around community gardens.

Presenters: William Dawson, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens; Beth Urban, American Community Gardening Association; Su Lok, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company; Leslie Strader, City of Columbus; Patrick Kaufman, Franklinton Gardens; and Kate Matheny, Franklin County