Inclusion supports diversity and is a key value in the success of an institution. To remain a sustainable, relevant, and strategic presence in local communities, garden leaders must identify and develop authentic practices for staff, volunteers, and board members. Inclusion must be embedded in an organization’s culture, not merely reflected in isolated programming. This session will present steps public garden leaders took toward growing an inclusive culture, internally and externally. Discussion will include organizational changes, daily practices, and leadership needed to overcome bias and break down barriers (real and implied). Case studies focus on the planning and strategy necessary to collaborate with communities in an authentic and meaningful way.