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

Art in the Garden – More than Just Icing on the Cake
Event Type: 
The Living Landscape
Date / Time: 
Friday, June 21, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am
Congressional B
S. LaWarre, Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan; J. Pope, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Columbus, Ohio; C. Tyler, Terra Design Studios LLC, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Pre-Registration Required: 

Studies show that only a small percentage of visitors who come to public gardens do so because of the specific plant collections. Most visitors come for educational programing, spiritual rejuvenation and quiet spaces, or even exercise. Art can be a public garden’s secret weapon in bringing people through the gates that otherwise may not come. Beyond inherent beauty and its power to diversify audiences, art woven into a visitor’s experience cures plant blindness and reinserts the A into STEM curriculum for our children. Presenters will share integration of art in the garden from the landscape design perspective and as well as how art was envisioned in gardens early in the planning process, how ideas were realized, and summarize the impact on audiences. This presentation will give confidence to attendees who wish to add or strengthen the presence of art in their gardens.


This session is approved for 1.5 LACES credit hours.