American Public Garden Association Conference 2017
Hamilton & Niagara, Ontario
June 19-23, 2017

Conference Schedule

Session
Workshop
Special Session
Tour
Meals & Events
Monday, June 19

Morning
Monday, June 19 Back to Top

7:30am
Tour
Toronto's Leading Sustainable Urban Gardens...
Toronto calls itself 'The City Within a Park' and for...
Location: Offsite
7:45am
Tour
Indigenous Plants & Traditions in the Heart...
Experience the region’s authentic Indigenous culture...
Location: Offsite
8:00am
Workshop
GIS for Public Gardens: Online & Mobile
*Cancelled* We apologize for the inconvenience and...
Location: Offsite
8:00am
Tour
Buffalo’s Amazing Gardens, Architecture, and...
The Buffalo’s Amazing Gardens, Architecture, and...
Location: Offsite
8:15am
Workshop
College and University Gardens: Progressing...
This day-long session will address how public gardens...
Location: Offsite
9:00am
Workshop
Excellent to the Core: A Workshop for Developing...
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Location: 202
9:15am
Tour
Toronto Culture Crawl
From Victorian-era grandeur to minimalist contemporary...
Location: Offsite

Afternoon
Monday, June 19 Back to Top

4:00pm
Workshop
Redesigning Your Website? We'll Teach You...
Many gardens have similar missions, but rarely have...
Location: 203

Evening
Monday, June 19 Back to Top

6:00pm
Meals & Events
International Session & Dinner
Who is your community? People? Plants? Habitats? This...
Location: Webster C
Tuesday, June 20

Morning
Tuesday, June 20 Back to Top

7:45am
Meals & Events
The Society of Fellows Breakfast
The Society of Fellows (SoF) is the alumni group of...
Location: 314
8:00am
Meals & Events
Family Breakfast
Family Members of Conference Attendees: Welcome to...
Location: 203
8:00am
Special Session
First Time Attendees Orientation
Learn about the Annual Conference and get to know...
Location: Albion A
8:00am
Special Session
Council of Sections Breakfast
This breakfast meeting is reserved for Chairs and Vice...
Location: 202
8:00am
Tour
Hamilton's Neighborhood Gardens Tour
Enjoy a relaxing morning exploring some of the most...
Location: Offsite
9:30am
Session
Beyond Your Borders: How Partnerships Extend Your...
Public gardens often seek external partnerships as a...
Track: Making Friends, Making Money
Location: Webster B
9:30am
Session
Centennial Trees: Planting Locally Sourced Native...
Centennial Trees is a nine-year-old outreach program...
Track: Collection and Conserving
Location: Webster A
9:30am
Session
Get Going with Google: Best Practices for Adwords
Many non-profit organizations use Google AdWords...
Track: Leadership, Innovation, Advocacy
Location: Albion C
9:30am
Session
Holocaust Survivors and War Veterans: Unique...
Jerusalem Botanical Gardens has pioneered a change in...
Track: Leadership, Innovation, Advocacy
Location: Albion B
9:30am
Session
The Agave Blues: Importance of Tequila in Mexican...
The Blue Agave (Maguey Azul, Agave tequilana) is an...
Track: The Living Landscape
Location: Webster C
9:30am
Session
The Plant Requisition System: Automating Data...
Public garden living collections are dynamic and often...
Track: Collection and Conserving
Location: 207
9:30am
Session
Your Staff and Job Training Programs: Building a...
Public Gardens have a unique opportunity to touch the...
Track: Leadership, Innovation, Advocacy
Location: Albion A
10:00am
Workshop
Advanced Collection Management with IrisBG:...
“Linnaeus' driving purpose was to bring order out of...
Track: Collecting and Conserving
Location: 202
10:15am
Session
Building Capacity for Accessibility: Creating...
Public gardens and curated outdoor spaces have a key...
Track: Education and Communication
Location: Albion C
10:15am
Session
GMOs 101 PART 1: An Introduction to History,...
GM plants are the result of one of the most rapidly...
Track: Education and Communication
Location: Webster A
10:15am
Session
Mission Possible: Challenges and Opportunities
Today, our visitors have many more choices on where...
Track: Education and Communication
Location: Albion A
10:15am
Session
Pricing and Planning Continuing Education Programs
Continuing education staff are often charged with...
Track: Making Friends, Making Money
Location: Webster B
10:15am
Session
Public Gardens and Land Conservation Alliances—...
A significant number of public gardens own or manage...
Track: Leadership, Innovation, Advocacy
Location: Albion B
10:15am
Session
Sustainable International Collaborations:...
Sustainable international collaborations involve a...
Track: Collection and Conserving
Location: 314
10:15am
Session
The Triumphs and Tribulations of Trialing: All-...
A well-developed trialing program can benefit a public...
Track: The Living Landscape
Location: Webster C

Lunch
Tuesday, June 20 Back to Top

12:00pm
Meals & Events
Plenary Lunch With Dr. Nancy Turner
“Wild Cultivation”: Traditional Plant Management in...
Location: Chedoke B, C

Afternoon
Tuesday, June 20 Back to Top

1:30pm
Special Session
Board of Directors Meeting
This is a closed meeting for the Association's Board...
Location: 203
1:45pm
Special Session
Arts and Exhibitions Section Meeting
Association Professional Sections are focused groups...
Location: 314
1:45pm
Special Session
College and University Gardens Section Meeting
Association Professional Sections are focused groups...
Location: Albion A
1:45pm
Special Session
Emerging Professionals Section Meeting
Association Professional Sections are focused groups...
Location: Webster A
1:45pm
Session
IMLS and Stanley Smith Grant Opportunities
During this grant-funding session, hear about examples...
Location: Albion C
1:45pm
Special Session
Plant Collections Section Meeting
Association Professional Sections are focused groups...
Location: Webster B
1:45pm
Special Session
Sustainability Section Meeting
Association Professional Sections are focused groups...
Location: Albion B
1:45pm
Special Session
Volunteer Engagement Section Meeting
Association Professional Sections are focused groups...
Location: Webster C
3:00pm
Session
Building Common Ground: Museum Hill Partners
Museum Hill in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is home to the...
Track: Making Friends, Making Money
Location: Albion B
3:00pm
Session
GMOs 101 Part 2: An Introduction to History,...
GM plants are the result of one of the most rapidly...
Track: Education and Communication
Location: Webster A
3:00pm
Session
Horticultural Forms of Native American Plants:...
Native plants and the restoration of natural...
Track: Education and Communication
Location: Albion A
3:00pm
Session
Shifting Gears: The Challenge of Dealing With...
Many public gardens get started, or undertake an...
Track: Leadership, Innovation, Advocacy
Location: Albion C
3:00pm
Session
The Role of Public Gardens in Revitalizing...
While many municipalities have seen a return of...
Track: Education and Communication
Location: Webster B
3:00pm
Session
Tree Management: Tree Protection Standards for...
Trees are one of the most important display pieces in...
Track: The Living Landscape
Location: Webster C
3:00pm
Session
What Does It Mean to Do the Right Thing? Engaging...
We are often faced with ethical quandaries in our...
Track: Collecting and Conserving
Location: 314
3:00pm
Workshop
What is a Beacon and Why Does My Garden Need It?
In the age of Millennials, the Mobile Revolution, and...
Location: 202
4:30pm
Special Session
Board Alumni Reception
This reception event is a closed meeting for past...
Location: Webster Lounge

Evening
Tuesday, June 20 Back to Top

5:00pm
Meals & Events
Opening Reception
Welcome! Join us as we kick off the 2017 Annual...
Location: Chedoke B, C, and Foyer
6:00pm
Meals & Events
Celebrate Design
Join the Design and Planning Committee to Celebrate...
Location: Gallery Pavillion (Art Gallery of Hamilton)
Wednesday, June 21

Morning
Wednesday, June 21 Back to Top

7:30am
Meals & Events
Open Breakfast
Enjoy a delicious continental breakfast buffet and...
Location: Chedoke Foyer
7:45am
Special Session
7:45am
Special Session
Public Garden Editorial Advisory Group Meeting
This is a closed meeting for the members of the Public...
Location: 203
9:00am
Session
A Compass for Progress in Plant Collections...
The Plant Collections Network coordinates plant...
Track: Collecting and Conserving
Location: 314
9:00am
Session
Beyond the Three Sisters Garden: Indigenous...
Many indigenous communities are seeking new ways to...
Track: Leadership, Innovation, Advocacy
Location: Albion A
9:00am
Session
Garden Play: Adapting Environmental Programs and...
Outdoor activities, particularly free, unstructured...
Track: Education and Communication
Location: Webster C
9:00am
Session
Modern Public Parks Advances the Public’s...
New urban parks are changing the public perception on...
Track: The Living Landscape
Location: Webster B
9:00am
Session
Portal to the Public: Engaging Scientists with...
Portal to the Public (PoP) is an implementation...
Track: Education and Communication
Location: Albion B
9:00am
Session
Successful IMLS Grants: A Tale of Three Gardens
The Institute of Museum and Library Services offers a...
Track: Making Friends, Making Money
Location: Webster A
9:00am
Session
Taking Up Residence: The Multifaceted Benefits of...
Artist in Residence programs have been popular in the...
Track: Education and Communication
Location: Albion C
10:45am
Special Session
Development and Membership Section Meeting
Association Professional Sections are focused groups...
Location: Albion B
10:45am
Special Session
Food and Agriculture Section Meeting
Association Professional Sections are focused groups...
Location: Webster A
10:45am
Special Session
Historic Landscapes Section Meeting
Association Professional Sections are focused groups...
Location: Albion A
10:45am
Special Session
International Gardens Section Meeting
Association Professional Sections are focused groups...
Location: Albion C
10:45am
Special Session
Marketing and Communications Section Meeting
Association Professional Sections are focused groups...
Location: 314
10:45am
Special Session
Native Plants Section Meeting
Association Professional Sections are focused groups...
Location: Webster B
10:45am
Special Session
Plant Conservation Section Meeting
Association Professional Sections are focused groups...
Location: Webster C

Lunch
Wednesday, June 21 Back to Top

12:00pm
Meals & Events
Keynote Lunch with Colonel Chris Hadfield
(photo credit: NASA) Our Keynote Speaker is always...
Location: Chedoke A,B,C

Afternoon
Wednesday, June 21 Back to Top

1:30pm
Tour
Inside the Science of Horticulture at Vineland...
Join us at one of North America’s foremost...
Location: Offsite
1:30pm
Tour
Sustainable Growing Practices Case Study –...
Learn how Canada’s largest combined retail and nursery...
Location: Offsite
1:45pm
Session
Beyond Beauty and Botanics: Crafting the Visitor...
Public gardens are more than simply a collection of...
Track: The Living Landscape
Location: Albion A
1:45pm
Session
Change Ahead: How Two Gardens Revamped Their...
Learn how two gardens evolved their membership...
Track: Making Friends, Making Money
Location: Albion C
1:45pm
Session
Connecting to Audiences: Future Trends,...
Understanding audiences through insight – whether it’s...
Track: Education and Communication
Location: Webster B
1:45pm
Session
Grow Your Staff, Grow Your Garden
Every organization needs to find innovative ways of...
Track: Leadership, Innovation, Advocacy
Location: Webster A
1:45pm
Session
Living in a Digital World: Digital Marketing...
Each Garden has a geographic, demographic, and...
Track: Making Friends, Making Money
Location: Albion B
1:45pm
Special Session
1:45pm
Workshop
Introduction to IrisBG: Advanced Collection...
“The significance of a [plant] in the collection lies...
Location: 203
1:45pm
Workshop
Practical Policy-Making: How to Create, Promote,...
Social media. Document retention. Invasive species...
Track: Leadership, Innovation, Advocacy
Location: 202
3:00pm
Session
Accepting and Embracing Plant Collection Donations
Presenters will discuss the challenges, opportunities...
Track: Collecting and Conserving
Location: Webster B
3:00pm
Session
Creating a Healthy Balance of Ownership:...
Granting ownership and autonomy instills a sense of...
Track: Leadership, Innovation, Advocacy
Location: Webster A
3:00pm
Workshop
Getting the Most Out of Altru: Tips, Tricks, and...
This functional workshop is focused on tips, tricks,...
Location: 207
3:00pm
Session
Horticulture + Data = Better Gardens
From Google analytics to CompStat, we live in an era...
Track: The Living Landscape
Location: Albion A
3:00pm
Session
Millennials Engaging Millennials Through Social...
Social media is an important element of marketing to...
Track: Making Friends, Making Money
Location: Albion B
3:00pm
Special Session
Rapid-Fire Presentations
Hear stories of partnerships that exceeded...
Track: Leadership, Innovation, Advocacy
Location: 314
4:00pm
Meals & Events
Exhibits Hall and Poster Reception
Discover exciting research and projects relevant to...
Location: Chedoke B, C, and Foyer

Evening
Wednesday, June 21 Back to Top

6:00pm
Meals & Events
Directors Dinner
Garden directors, presidents and CEOs are invited to...
Location: Ancaster Mill
Thursday, June 22

Morning
Thursday, June 22 Back to Top

7:00am
Meals & Events
Open Breakfast
Enjoy a delicious continental breakfast buffet and...
Location: Chedoke Foyer
8:15am
Session
Beautiful Gardens Begin with Healthy Soil: Soil...
Beautiful gardens begin with healthy soil. The concept...
Track: The Living Landscape
Location: Albion A
8:15am
Session
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 101: Creating...
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are some of the most...
Track: Leadership, Innovation, Advocacy
Location: Webster C
8:15am
Session
Fusing Seasonal Display Planning with Garden-wide...
In this multi-speaker presentation we will discuss how...
Track: The Living Landscape
Location: Webster B
8:15am
Session
Innovative Technology Test Kitchen
Public gardens are increasingly exploring new...
Track: Leadership, Innovation, Advocacy
Location: 207
8:15am
Session
Monarch Butterflies: Communicating the...
Public gardens occupy a key position in supporting...
Track: Education and Communication
Location: Albion C
8:15am
Session
No Apologies: Construction as an Opportunity for...
Construction projects are inevitable in public gardens...
Track: The Living Landscape
Location: Webster A
8:15am
Special Session
8:15am
Session
The Power of the Plate: Celebrating Community...
This session aims to explore ways that Gardens are...
Track: Education and Communication
Location: Albion B
10:00am
Session
An Innovative Green-Roof as a Social Empowerment...
CICEANA’s Botanical Garden, located on the rooftop of...
Track: The Living Landscape
Location: Albion A
10:00am
Session
Are Barcodes Dead? Improving The Inventory of...
Barcodes have been around since the 1970s and are now...
Track: Collecting and Conserving
Location: Albion C
10:00am
Session
Feet First, Bottom Up: A Case Study of Pokémon GO...
In the digital age, some institutions are wary of...
Track: Making Friends, Making Money
Location: Albion B
10:00am
Session
From Research to Garden: How to Connect People...
The Steppe Garden at Denver Botanic Gardens is an...
Track: The Living Landscape
Location: Webster B
10:00am
Session
Leading Audiences to Take Action! A New Approach...
Audience demographics influence many aspects of public...
Track: Leadership, Innovation, Advocacy
Location: 314
10:00am
Session
Rediscovering a Lost Landscape: The Construction...
The vanishing landscape of the southeastern piedmont...
Track: Collecting and Conserving
Location: Webster A
10:00am
Session
The Keys to Interviewing, Hiring, Managing, and...
What are the best questions to ask in an interview to...
Track: Leadership, Innovation, Advocacy
Location: Webster C
10:30am
Meals & Events
Coffee Break
Perk up with a mid-morning cup of coffee! Sponsored by:
Location: Chedoke A
10:45am
Special Session
Design and Planning Section Meeting
Association Professional Sections are focused groups...
Location: Albion C
10:45am
Special Session
Education Section Meeting
Association Professional Sections are focused groups...
Location: 314
10:45am
Special Session
Horticulture, Greenhouses, and Facilities Section...
Association Professional Sections are focused groups...
Location: Webster C
10:45am
Special Session
Plant Nomenclature and Taxonomy Section Meeting
Association Professional Sections are focused groups...
Location: Albion A
10:45am
Special Session
Small Gardens Section Meeting
Association Professional Sections are focused groups...
Location: Albion B
10:45am
Special Session
Technology and Innovation Section Meeting
Association Professional Sections are focused groups...
Location: Webster A

Lunch
Thursday, June 22 Back to Top

12:00pm
Meals & Events
Exhibits & Eats: Lunch in the Exhibits Hall
There is no better time to check out our Exhibits Hall...
Location: Chedoke B, C, and Foyer

Afternoon
Thursday, June 22 Back to Top

1:45pm
Meals & Events
Niagara Parks Tours and Reception
Everyone is familiar with the Falls, but Niagara Parks...
Location: Offsite
3:00pm
Session
Student Presentations
Consisting of several 15-minute presentations, this...
Location: Offsite
Friday, June 23
8:00am
Meals & Events
Open Breakfast
Enjoy a delicious continental breakfast buffet and...
Location: Chedoke Foyer

Morning
Friday, June 23 Back to Top

8:30am
Special Session
Diversity and Inclusion Committee Open Forum
Please join the Association’s Diversity and Inclusion...
Location: 314
9:30am
Special Session
9:30am
Session
From Pumpkins to Progress: Using Food Production...
Finding additional resources for food programs can be...
Track: Making Friends, Making Money
Location: Albion A
9:30am
Session
How Do You Get There?: Digital Mapping in a...
Institutions struggle with how to bring technology...
Track: Education and Communication
Location: Webster A
9:30am
Special Session
9:30am
Session
Urban Cemeteries as Public Gardens
Mount Auburn, Laurel Hill, and Green-Wood, all...
Track: The Living Landscape
Location: Webster B
9:30am
Session
What Botanical Gardens Can Learn from New...
Urban parks have become extremely popular and...
Track: Leadership, Innovation, Advocacy
Location: Albion B
10:45am
Session
Gathering around the Table: How Six Gardens...
We are all connected to plants through the food we eat...
Track: Education and Communication
Location: Webster A
10:45am
Session
Movin' On Up: The Opportunities and...
Do you aspire to work your way “up the ladder”? While...
Track: Leadership, Innovation, Advocacy
Location: Albion A
10:45am
Session
PRE Pairing for Success: Emerging Invasives,...
Meet the science-based, horticultural plant risk...
Track: Collecting and Conserving
Location: Albion C
10:45am
Special Session
Rapid-Fire Presentations
Hear stories of partnerships that exceeded...
Track: Leadership, Innovation, Advocacy
Location: Webster B
10:45am
Session
Sage Advice: Connecting Emerging and Emerged...
There is a plethora of ways to emerge into the public...
Track: Leadership, Innovation, Advocacy
Location: Albion B
10:45am
Special Session
Women in Horticulture: Connecting and...
Let’s continue collaborating and connecting after the...
Location: 314

Lunch
Friday, June 23 Back to Top

12:30pm
Meals & Events
Networking Lunch
Like last year, this networking event is offered to...
Location: Chedoke B, C, and Webster C

Afternoon
Friday, June 23 Back to Top

1:45pm
Special Session
Leadership Forum
Warning! Attending the Leadership Forum will lead to...
Location: Chedoke A
1:45pm
Special Session
Plant JEOPARDY!
Once again, the popular Plant JEOPARDY! game will be...
Location: Chedoke C

Evening
Friday, June 23 Back to Top

3:30pm
Meals & Events
An Afternoon in Paradise - Royal Botanical...
Join us for an afternoon and evening discovering the...
Location: Offsite