American Public Gardens Association Conference 2018

Southern California

June 4-8, 2018

Finding Balance across Departments at Multi-Attraction Gardens
Event Type: 
The Living Landscape
Date / Time: 
Wed June, 06 - 10:45am to 11:45am
J. Rothleutner, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, Illinois; J. Salyards, Filoli Center, Woodside, California; J. Berryhill, Botanic Garden at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts; B. Faust, Smithsonian Gardens, Washington, District of Columbia

Many of our institutions are much more than gardens: historic estates, zoos, university campuses, event spaces, and sculpture parks. Within any organization, having a diverse set of attractions can potentially lead to confusion about mission or become a point of conflict as departments compete for resources. However, when cooperation is cultivated, the results can strengthen the impact of the organization's mission and improve constituents’ experiences. Stretching internal collaborations across departments and attractions can be a challenge that requires endurance and creativity, but finding and maintaining the working balance is worth the effort. In this session, we will examine cross attraction relationships within gardens, including successes and ongoing challenges.