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

A Contemporary View Toward Making Public Gardens Racially Diverse and Equitable
Event Type: 
Session
Track: 
Leadership, Innovation, and Advocacy
Date / Time: 
Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:00pm
Location: 
Ambassador Ballroom
Presenter: 
E. Rickenbaker, University of Washington Botanic Gardens, Seattle, Washington
Pre-Registration Required: 
No

The staff and visitors of many public gardens are less diverse than the communities they serve. Events, policies, and Carl Linnaeus’s categorization of humans have created long-standing barriers. Eve Rickenbaker, PhD student at the University of Washington, will use interviews with African Americans in public gardens in Charleston, South Carolina to describe these barriers and offer solutions to opening the garden gate to all. Participants will depart with knowledge about this history of exclusion, which they can apply in developing new approaches that will include everyone.