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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Public Gardens: Launch Pads for Amplifying Public Engagement on Climate Change

All gardens can serve as launch pads for amplifying community engagement on climate change.

A diverse panel will share rich resources, rationale, strategies, and lessons learned to help shape institutional commitment to the critical issue of climate change. Since climate change now informs much of what we do in gardens, it is natural, perhaps even expected, that they frame and engage to improve public understanding of this crucial issue. Panelists will also answer questions and encourage audience sharing of any novel, related efforts.

Presenters: Caroline Lewis, CLEO Institute; Tamara Houston, NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center; Wilf Nicholls, State Botanical Garden of Georgia; Casey Sclar, APGA/Longwood Gardens

The Path to Building a Sustainable Organization from the “Inside Out”

Learn how to be a sustainable organization from the inside out.

Understand the importance of an “Iron Triangle” and how to create one. This three-legged model is the balance of Resources, Mission, and Operational Strategies
to drive excellence and resilience as an organization. Discover tools, planning ideas, measurements, and communication opportunities that demonstrate, articulate, and orient your resources in a sensitive and sustainable manner. We will demonstrate how to create and deploy a unique model with your senior management team, board of directors, key stakeholders, and employees. You will leave with a workbook to begin advancing your institution’s own program.

Presenters: Robert Merlmestein, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens; Ivy Silver Gallagher, Benefit Services; Joseph Wert, HR Advantage, Inc.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Strategies to Move Your Garden Forward

In a dynamic and challenge-filled world, public garden professionals must do more than display expertise in their particular discipline.

Established gardens must constantly identify ways to better meet the needs of their constituents. Based on the textbook, Public Garden Management, Strategies to
Move Your Garden Forward, this session will focus on proven approaches to building leadership throughout the organization; establishing and evaluating programs
that bring about social change; and developing a vision for the public garden of the next generation.

Presenters: Donald Rakow, Cornell Plantations; Kathleen Socolofsky and Mary Burke, UC Davis Arboretum; Julie Warsowe, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University; Patsy Benveniste, Chicago Botanic Garden; and Paul Redman, Longwood Gardens

Three Presentations in One Sixty-Minute Session

Presentation I: Unique Traveling Exhibits for Small Public Gardens

Learn how one small public garden has attracted diverse audiences through unique traveling exhibits..

Participants will be inspired when they learn how Fellows Riverside Gardens has used affordable traveling exhibits from the Mid-America Arts Alliance to broaden its visitor base.

Presenter: Keith Kaiser, Fellows Riverside Gardens-Mill Creek Metro Parks

Presentation II: Conservation through Cultivation: Supply, Demand, and Rare Plants

Where conservation goals and horticulture expertise overlap—that is unique to botanic gardens

Many kinds of organizations work in conservation, but few have the capacity or skill to grow plants. Mr. Griffith will discuss an innovative botanic garden / industry partnership to distribute seed. Based on the results of that partnership, an analysis will be shared on how supply and demand relate to rare plant availability and conservation. This case study demonstrates how horticulture is an essential part of plant conservation programs, and how botanic gardens are uniquely suited for conservation horticulture work.

Presenter: Patrick Griffith, Montgomery Botanical Center

Presentation III: From Paper Forms to the iPad: Utilizing Modern Tools for Living Collections Management

Living collections are an enormous asset to our gardens, the scientific community, and our visitors.

Databases facilitate the documentation, labeling, and curation of these collections. However, collecting data on living collections typically involves paper forms and subsequent data entry back in the office. Go beyond the limitations of paper forms by enabling instant and mobile data collection. Smartphones and personal tablet computers like the iPad can be ideal data collection devices. Take a picture, collect video, record audio, map a plant, scan barcodes, increase efficiency, and reduce errors.

Presenter: Rebecca Sucher, Missouri Botanical Garden

Integrating Strategic, Financial, and Master Planning

Leadership of public gardens requires balancing multiple needs to create strategies and plans that focus on the mission and vision and are achievable within the institution’s financial resources.

This panel of inspiring leaders will explore the challenges of how to fund multiple planning efforts, how to mix internal and external experts, how to involve trustees, and how to remain simultaneously creative and realistic. The panel will present this from multiple perspectives that will have relevance to nearly all APGA institutions.

Presenters: Chipper Wichman, National Tropical Botanical Garden; Robert Brackman, San Antonio Botanical Garden; Stephanie Jutila, Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden; Tres Fromme, 3 Fromme Design; and Richard Daley, EMD Consulting Group 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Leading Sustainability in Public Gardens: Lessons from Sustainable Sites Initiative Pilot Projects

Numerous APGA gardens have been selected to test the SITES system and help set benchmarks for landscape sustainability.

The pilot phase kicked off in spring 2010, and many gardens from across North America who are participating in SITES testing are eager to share their ongoing experiences with the initiative. Gardens have at least two years of sustainable construction, design, and maintenance experience to share with their peers. Various APGA gardens who are participating in the SITES pilot project will share their experiences and lessons learned with a scripted Q&A session.

Presenters: Melanie Sifton, Humber Arboretum; Ray Mims, United States Botanic Garden; Susan Jacobson, The Morton Arboretum; Mark Simmons, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center; and Cynthia Druckenbrod, Cleveland Botanical Garden

Infusing Business into Mission: Guiding Change through Diverse Leadership Models

Learn about the strategies used by four very different, successful leaders to change their institutions for the better.

By creatively increasing revenues, changing board and staff culture and composition, establishing strategic alliances, and taking calculated risks, public gardens of all
missions, locations, and sizes can create positive change. Participants will take away ideas to strategically grow their institutions. By comparing and contrasting business models, the panelists will highlight opportunities to enhance organizations of all types. They will discuss their organizational evolutions and present concrete ideas to enhance operations, from planning and governance to finance and revenue generation.

Presenters: Gerard Donnelly, Morton Arboretum; Ed Moydell, Bloedel Reserve; Bruce Harkey, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens; and George Briggs, North Carolina Arboretum

Knowledge Management: Bringing the Information Highway to Garden Pathways

In the information age, we have quickly become overwhelmed with the vast amount of data stored in disparate locations across our organizations—from visitor services, marketing, and development to research, horticulture and collections.

Come to this session to hear how others are tackling the challenge of streamlining information across their organizations— and how to leverage those efforts to package information to attract new audiences.

Presenters: Susan Wagner, The Morton Arboretum; David Sleasman, Longwood Gardens; George Morris, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University; and Dove Coggeshall, The Morton Arboretum

Friday, June 22, 2012

A Model for Creating a Culture of Planning and Leadership

This session is not your basic A-B-Cs of strategic planning; it is about how to make transformational change a reality that can impact the bottom line while fostering excitement for a shared vision of the future.

Public garden professionals and planning experts will share an approach to achieving meaningful planning that promote a culture of leaders. This methodology
will apply to all gardens and will be shared through lively dialog from presenters and the audience.

Presenters: Paul Redman and Marnie Conley, Longwood Gardens; Lindsay Martin, Lord Cultural Resources; and Claire Agre, West 8

Two Different Sessions to Choose From:

Construction Planning and Implementation at Botanic Gardens, Arboreta, and Accredited Zoos

Unique, inspiring, and professionally rewarding!

So why is construction often frustrating and fraught with anxiety? Owners who develop multidisciplinary, functioning teams provide contractors with better information, clearer expectations, and when absolutely necessary, SCARE them! Learn strategies for successful construction and how project participants can contribute in ways that allow their concerns and expertise to be timely and constructive. Topics include lessons learned, tricks of the trade, working effectively with contractors, and developing confidence as a team member or stakeholder in the project’s successful implementation.

Presenters: Kate Donnelly, Longwood Gardens; Nick Nelson, United States Botanic Garden and Monica Lake and David Selk, Woodland Park Zoo

The Executive Director as Leader, Manager, Therapist... or All of the Above?

Organizations are asked to do more with less, and an executive director along with staff must wear multiple hats.

Participants will learn how others face and solve those challenging management and leadership issues. Most importantly, participants will discover that “they are
not alone.” Learn from four executive directors of four small public gardens who all believe that “nonprofit” is just an IRS designation, not a management style.

Presenters: Dr. Michelle Conklin, Tucson Botanical Gardens; Jennifer Davit, The Lurie Garden; Shane Smith, Cheyenne Botanic Garden; Michelle Provaznik, The Gardens on Spring Creek; and Edward Moydell, Bloedel Reserve