American Public Gardens Association Conference 2018

Southern California

June 4-8, 2018

Moana’s Garden: A Legacy of Voyaging and Resilience
Event Type: 
The Living Landscape
Date / Time: 
Wed June, 06 - 10:45am to 11:45am
Mark Twain & Terrace
C. Wichman, M. DeMotta, National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kalaheo, Hawaii, K. Winter, Limahuli Garden and Preserve, National Tropical Botanical Garden, Hanalei, Hawaii; M. Opgenorth, Kahanu Garden, National Tropical Botanical Garden, Hana, Hawaii

Public gardens are uniquely situated to interpret scientific understandings of climate change to the public. In our experience, sensitive subjects such as this can be well-received when approached through plant-based stories. Public gardens with interpretive programs can convey creative solutions to contemporary problems. Learn how leading botanical gardens in Hawaii utilize indigenous wisdom, contemporary science, and storytelling to interpret viable options for human communities to chart a course towards resilience in the context of climate change. Important themes to be explored include human migration, discovery, storytelling with plants to change behavior, connections between nature and humanity, resilience in the face of catastrophic change, and educating and empowering youth.