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

Embracing Indigenous Values in Public Gardens and in Our Communities
Event Type: 
Session
Track: 
Leadership, Innovation, and Advocacy
Date / Time: 
Friday, June 21, 2019 - 9:30am to 11:00am
Location: 
Palladian Ballroom
Presenter: 
M. Opgenorth and M. DeMotta, National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kalaheo, Hawaii; T. Qiu and T. Segel, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; P. Shananaquet, The Collaborative Indigenous Garden at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Pre-Registration Required: 
No

Public Gardens are positioned to not only support the protection of plants but lessons about how they intersect with thriving communities as well. Indigenous communities and their associated values are critical components to developing solutions to manage cultural and biological resources that encourage long-term ecological health. Presenters will share a wide range of experiences ranging from Hawaii to the mainland United States. The National Tropical Botanical Garden, The Ziibiwing Center, and researchers at Concordia University provide a diverse set of examples that will inspire increased participation between public gardens and their communities. Public gardens will be empowered to better utilize indigenous values into their operations.