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Monarch Butterflies: Communicating the Intersection of Plant and Insect Conservation
Public gardens occupy a key position in supporting nationwide efforts to increase monarch butterfly populations. However, numerous questions remain to be resolved in regards to how we can best...
7/9/17
GMOs 101: An Introduction to History, Science, Impact, and Educational Strategies Relating to Plant Biotechnology
GM plants are the result of one of the most rapidly adopted plantbased technologies ever deployed. In the U.S. alone, hundreds of millions of people and billions of farm animals have been consuming...
7/8/17
Teacher Training Mash-Up: Creative Ways to Break Barriers & Engage Educators
This session is a rapidfire mash-up of 5-minute snapshots of creative teacher engagement strategies, small-group brainstormings, and facilitated dialogues. Participants should bring...
9/26/16
K-12 Career Education: Inspiring the Next Generation of Garden Professionals
As fewer students choose careers in horticulture, it is imperative for public gardens to raise awareness for the diverse career opportunities available in our industry to inspire the next...
9/26/16
Identifying Vulnerabilities & Taking Action Toward Climate Resilience
The impacts of climate change—including higher temperatures, heavier rain, more frequent and intense droughts, wildfires, floods, and sea-level rise—are affecting public gardens...
9/24/16
Using Living Collections as an Unparalleled Resource for Research in Plant Conservation
Botanical gardens and their living collections have unique but underutilized resources for plant biology research. Living collections are essentially large common gardens able to ...
9/24/16
Shifting Horizons: Avant-Garde Perspectives in Adult Education
Successfully engaging the adult learner requires a delicate balance of science and art. How do we as education departments continue to serve our audience by providing outstanding ...
9/24/16
New Perspectives: Changing the Smithsonian Gardens’ Butterfly Habitat Garden to a Pollinator Garden
In 1995, Smithsonian Gardens opened the Butterfly Habitat Garden at the National Museum of Natural History. After twenty years, this popular landscape is being reinterpreted to become...
9/24/16
The Ecological Landscape & “Nativars”: Evaluating Pollinator Preferences/Values of Native Phlox Species & Cultivars
Native cultivars (“nativars”) are being developed at a rapid pace by the nursery trade. Despite marketing efforts to convince the gardening public of their value in wildlife...
9/24/16
Making the Case for Climate Action
Public gardens have a unique set of resources that can be used to make a difference in our national responses to climate change. Learn how some gardens have negotiated this tricky subject...
9/24/16

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