American Public Gardens Association
2019 Conference
Washington D.C. June 17-21, 2019

Adopting a ‘More than Less Bad’ Paradigm at South Coast Botanic Garden
Event Type: 
Leadership, Innovation, and Advocacy
Date / Time: 
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 9:30am to 10:30am
Ambassador Ballroom
P. Mills and C. Russell, Russell + Mills Studios, Fort Collins, Colorado; A. Nakashima, South Coast Botanic Garden, Palos Verdes Peninsula, California
Pre-Registration Required: 

Located on a former landfill, South Coast Botanic Garden employed a regenerative and systematic paradigm and approach for the design of the Creek Garden and Lake in order to holistically manage large amounts of off-site stormwater, conserve water through rainwater harvesting, restore habitat, and create a fantastic place while showcasing these values through garden design and education. The presentation will illustrate a method for utilizing the Seven Principles of Regeneration such as seeing wholes rather than parts or potentials instead of problems, to help holistically plan and design a garden. Participants will be encouraged to consider the role of public gardens as a model for regenerative practices that go beyond status quo sustainability practices that are ‘less bad’.


This session is approved for 1 LACES credit hours.