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.