Small Gardens - Professional Development

Small Gardens Symposium

Moving Your Garden Forward
September 17-19, 2014  I  Youngstown, OH
Hosted by Fellows Riverside Gardens


2014 Symposium Presentations:

Keynote Speaker Meghan Z. Gough:  Sustainability in Small Gardens: The Public Garden & Its Community

SESSION 1: The Value of Master Planning
Cindy Tyler - Terra Design Studios
Scott Scarfone - Oasis Design Group

SESSION 2: Fundraising Success: Developing a Fundraising Board
Janus Small - Janus Small Associates 

SESSION 3: Enhancing the Visitor’s Experience: Using Interpretive Principles to Make the Most of a Garden Visit
Jenny Rigby - The Acorn Group

SESSION 4: The Bottom Line – Creative Operating Budgets
Kara Newport - Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

SESSION 5: Jigsaw Pieces of a Volunteer Program
Connie Harclerode - Powell Gardens
Kiley McLaughlin - Reiman Gardens


SESSION 6: From Gardeners, Groundskeepers to Greeters - How to Create a Culture of Guest Services in Your Garden
Chuck Ross - Longwood Gardens

SESSION 7: Step Up Your Retail Operation and Make The Cash Register Ring!
Leslie Malkoff - Visualopathy

SESSION 8: Starting From Scratch or Expanding the Scope - Creating Collections That Count
Mark Weathington - JC Raulston Arboretum

SESSION 9: The Business of Weddings
Arlene Lanz - Fellows Riverside Gardens
Shannon Bradick - Holden Arboretum

APGA Presentation - The Who, Where and Why of Public Gardens
Casey Sclar - Executive Director, APGA

SESSION 10: Thursday Featured Speaker Gary Smith: You Don’t Need a Blockbuster!
Gary Smith - W. Gary Smith Design

SESSION 11: Is Your Garden Ready for a Conservatory?
Cynthia Druckenbrod - Cleveland Botanical Garden

SESSION 12: Community Engagement Through Education
Jenny Pope - Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Mark Miller - Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

SESSION 13: Growing Your Garden Through Membership: Building Financial Capacity Through Enhanced Membership Revenues
Robert Mermelstein - Phipps Conservatory

SESSION 14: Growing Your Garden Through Social Media
Patrick Evans - Cleveland Botanical Garden


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