American Public Garden Association Conference 2017
Hamilton & Niagara, Ontario
June 19-23, 2017
Beyond Your Borders: How Partnerships Extend Your Garden's Reach
Event Type: 
Making Friends, Making Money
Date / Time: 
Tue June, 20 - 9:30am to 10:00am
Webster B
S. Stewart, Lurie Garden, Chicago, Illinois

Public gardens often seek external partnerships as a matter of standard operation. While traditional partnership models support a garden’s mission and a degree of fiscal responsibility, they often do not represent the most efficient use of a garden’s limited staff and budget resources. Through this session, participants will learn about three non-traditional partnerships established by Lurie Garden that allow the small urban garden to reach well beyond the Garden’s physical borders while maintaining a responsible budget management strategy. Details about the development, management logistics, return on effort, connection to mission, and budget impact for each partnership case study will be discussed. Following the case studies, time will be given for questions of scalability and application and discussion of audience experience with similar external partnerships.