American Public Gardens Association Conference 2018

Southern California

June 4-8, 2018

The Road Less Traveled: Fostering a Creative Path to Public Garden Leadership
Event Type: 
Leadership, Innovation, and Advocacy
Date / Time: 
Wed June, 06 - 1:45pm to 2:45pm
Mark Twain & Terrace
B. Harkey, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Columbus, Ohio; J. Downing, Mt. Cuba Center, Hockessin, Delaware; B. Schmitz, Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens, San Clemente, California; P. Steigerwald, Huntsville Botanical Garden, Huntsville, Alabama; P. Couchman, High Glen Gardens, Frederick, Maryland; A. Sell, Sasaki Landscape Architecture, Watertown, Massachusetts

Successful public garden leaders can emerge from diverse educational and career backgrounds. With a shrinking pool of horticultural talent coupled with the elevated challenge of successfully operating a non-profit organization, the public garden world benefits by embracing and fostering leadership diversity. Learn how five public garden leaders forged a unique path to their current leadership role, utilized their life experiences for creative problem solving, and leveraged the talents of their teams to move their organizations to the next level of financial sustainability.