The Historic Landscapes Professional Section seeks to promote the importance and understanding of historic landscapes to all professionals in the public garden community and to encourage agreement about one big idea, which is that every public garden is or will be historic in some way, either now or in the future. Fostering an appreciation of historic resources at public gardens and encouraging public gardens to recognize these resources supports best practices and serves public gardens in several specific ways:
Marketing these resources provides a sense of "added value" to the public and links to the growing trend in heritage tourism;
Strengthening the imperative for ongoing documentation of plant collections, garden ornaments, historic structures, and the garden's general history lends perspective to current projects and develops an organizational culture that supports informed decision-making that balances a garden's history with practical considerations of public use today;
Incorporating this broader perspective helps to clarify goals and objectives in strategic or project planning without interfering with the garden's basic mission in any way.
The Historic Landscapes Section's overall goal is to create awareness about our connections with member garden's past and to help professionals learn to use these connections to invigorate their institution's present and insure a legacy for future generations.