American Public Gardens Association Conference 2018

Southern California

June 4-8, 2018

Landscape to Harvest: Creative, Innovative, and Engaging Uses of Your Garden's Bounty
Event Type: 
The Living Landscape
Date / Time: 
Wed June, 06 - 8:45am to 10:15am
Magic Kingdom Ballroom 4
C. Miller, W.J. Beal Botanical Garden, East Lansing, Michigan; D. Dotson, United States Botanic Garden, Washington, District of Columbia; E. Detrick, Cornell Botanic Gardens, Ithaca, New York; M. Radebaugh, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; J. Hart, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, Colorado; J. Salyards, Filoli Center, Woodside, California; D. Joffe, Leichtag Foundation, Encinitas, California

How can we captivate audiences through the bounty of our gardens? Food crops are one of the most approachable plant-related topics and can be a gateway to broader plant conservation discussions. Yet, how can we use these food crops and tell their stories in engaging forms that are meaningful and impactful? Some topics covered in this session will include how collections can be used for: Development and marketing platforms, special donor events, café use and special event meals, programming (including cooking classes and robust donation programs), farm stands and CSAs, garden store sales, and wood products made into saleable items for a university store.