American Public Gardens Association Conference 2018

Southern California

June 4-8, 2018

Leveraging Connections with Agricultural Researchers to Excite the Public about Food, Farming, and Conservation
Event Type: 
Collecting and Conserving
Date / Time: 
Tue June, 05 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm
A. Novy, Leichtag Foundation, Encinitas, California; S. Krishnan, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, Colorado; A. Miller, Saint Louis University and Missouri Botanical Garden, St Louis, Missouri; C. Khoury, USDA and International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Fort Collins, Colorado; M. Sorrells, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York; A. Meyer, Botanic Gardens Conservation International, Pasadena, California; S.P. Beck, American Public Gardens Association, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Public gardens represent a unique opportunity to combat plant blindness and to increase food literacy by engaging diverse public audiences. The intimate role that food plays in all human cultures can provide a bridge to conversations that effectively increase knowledge and build public dialogue on critical agriculture issues. Collaborations between agricultural scientists and public gardens offer new ways to amplify efforts to impact public knowledge and affect conservation. In this session, agricultural scientists working with public gardens will highlight examples and strategies for engaging the public on exciting agricultural topics.