American Public Garden Association Conference 2017
Hamilton & Niagara, Ontario
June 19-23, 2017
Grow Your Staff, Grow Your Garden
Event Type: 
Leadership, Innovation, Advocacy
Date / Time: 
Wed June, 21 - 1:45pm to 2:45pm
Webster A
S. Gaskins, B. Faust, C. Brown, J. Gagliardi, Smithsonian Gardens, Washington, District of Columbia

Every organization needs to find innovative ways of doing more with existing resources. In public gardens our staff can be both our biggest asset and most flexible resource. Creating a culture of growth begins with vision and leadership. Strategically providing in-house opportunities and training will not only allow individuals to expand their knowledge and skill sets but ultimately provide the organization with the staff needed to take the organization to the next level. The framework of this type of training can vary based on the needs of the organization. Smithsonian Gardens staff has had the good fortune to participate in and develop several models of training. Come learn from Smithsonian Gardens the benefits of creating a culture of growth as well as ideas for programs to grow your staff and gardens.