American Public Gardens Association Conference 2018

Southern California

June 4-8, 2018

Public Gardens 2.0: Opportunities for Gardens as Cultural Placemakers
Event Type: 
Education and Communication
Date / Time: 
Tue June, 05 - 1:45pm to 3:15pm
Magic Kingdom Ballroom 4
S. Stewart, Millennium Park Foundation, Chicago, Illinois; E. Meliska, Allen Centennial Gardens, Madison, Wisconsin; M. Anderson, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas

Botanical institutions have tremendous opportunities to serve their visitors and local communities as cultural incubators. Exchanging a purely horticulture-centric perspective for a culture-centric perspective will require public gardens to learn to integrate tourism and cultural economy information into their core horticultural missions. Much can be learned by examining public park and museum operations, and the successes these sectors have had in creating a balanced and integrated approach to cultural activities. The panel will present case studies on the integration of artistic and horticultural interpretation from the public park and museum sectors, as well as highlight examples of a public garden that has adopted this cultural placemaking approach.


This session is approved for 1.5 LACES credit hours.