American Public Garden Association Conference 2017
Hamilton & Niagara, Ontario
June 19-23, 2017
The Role of Public Gardens in Revitalizing Communities
Event Type: 
Education and Communication
Date / Time: 
Tue June, 20 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Webster B
J. Schwarz Ballard, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois; D. Rakow, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; D. Chavis, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, Virginia; M. Roy, Bartram’s Garden, Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia; K. Neves, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

While many municipalities have seen a return of commercial and residential investment, too many remain mired in cycles of poverty, community degradation, poor quality education, and unemployment. Public gardens cannot by themselves reverse these long-standing problems, but through partnerships with community organizations they can develop programs that address real needs in ways that are culturally sensitive and locally based. In so doing, gardens can become active members of their communities, to the mutual benefit of both the gardens and local residents. In this session, speakers with long experience in public horticulture and community outreach will share replicable strategies and processes for effectively engaging communities.

This session has been approved for 1.5 LACES credit hours.