Public gardens are often seen as neutral spaces. In this regard, they often go unchallenged; therefore unchanged. My presentation will challenge this neutrality and focus on a new kind of garden. Through a horticultural and artistic lens, I will present The Field Guide to Building a New Kind of Garden: How to Be a Better Gardener and how art, even when hard to experience, can be a pathway to growth. How to Be a Better Gardener challenges public gardens, those who work there, and visitors to come face to face with some of today’s public gardens most pressing issues such as a lack of diversity and relevancy. Participants should come away asking if they are doing all they can to challenge oppression, enact openness in their practice, and allow for real change.