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

Creating Doors and Rooms: Taking Risks, Engaging Marginalized Communities, and Challenging the Status Quo
Event Type: 
Education and Communication
Date / Time: 
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Ambassador Ballroom
D. Chavis, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Henrico, Virginia; E. Filbey, Allen Centennial Gardens, Indiana, Pennsylvania; E. Fournier, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois; T. Johnson, Botanic Garden of Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts
Pre-Registration Required: 

Despite the resonant theme of plant biodiversity inherent in the public garden sector, institutions grapple with a staggering lack of human biodiversity in their staffs, member base, donors, and audiences. To achieve inclusivity and maintain relevance, garden leaders will have to shift paradigms by intentionally engaging marginalized communities and challenging the status quo. Presenters will discuss case studies from garden leaders that are deepening the inclusion and outreach of their respective organizations while embracing the uncertainty that comes along with it. Discussion will include developing partnerships, iterative program design, and cultivating collaborations to foster deeper inclusivity. Attendees will be provided with a multitude of ideas for how to take the next steps towards more diverse community engagement regardless of where they are on their path.