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

The Changing Face of America's Public Garden Spaces and Community Gardens
Event Type: 
The Living Landscape
Date / Time: 
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Cabinet Room
D. Hill, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona; R. Saperstein, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, Georgia; W. Dawson, Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Columbus, Ohio
Pre-Registration Required: 

Public gardens across America are responding to an influx of refugees/immigrants from many parts of the world with edible garden displays showcasing the increased diversity of our visitors. Community gardens and urban agriculture projects that are supported by public gardens across the country are likewise providing increased access to an ever more diverse range of immigrants and resettled refugees. Seeds and traditional farming and gardening techniques from distant regions are now utilized in our gardens. Presenters will showcase a different approach to offering greater opportunities to refugees and immigrants. Participants can use resources provided by the presenters to develop partnerships with refugee support groups and create public garden displays and community garden settings.