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

Celebrating Water: How Three Gardens Tell Their Story of Water Conservation Through the Lens of Place
Event Type: 
The Living Landscape
Date / Time: 
Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am
Cabinet Room
J. Wirick, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; C. Washburn, Naples Garden, Naples, Florida; C. Bass, Santa Fe Botanical Garden, Santa Fe, New Mexico; T. Florian, Lake Flato Architects, San Antonio, Texas
Pre-Registration Required: 

Water is a precious resource, and water scarcity issues are closely interrelated with climate change worldwide. While each of our gardens have different regional challenges when it comes to water collection, conservation, and reuse; public gardens are uniquely positioned to celebrate water and educate visitors about the importance of water conservation. Three gardens from very different climates have integrated the celebration of water into their gardens in very different ways.

Presenters will discuss the thought process of designing these water systems, how they are integral to the garden experience, how the story of water can also be a story of place, and the lessons learned. Participants will take back to their own gardens a better understanding of the potential value of existing water features, a new view on engaging the public around water, and inspiration for including water features in their next garden project.


This session is approved for 1.5 LACES credit hours.