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

Having Uncomfortable Conversations in Beautiful Places
Event Type: 
Leadership, Innovation, and Advocacy
Date / Time: 
Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Congressional B
K. Salisbury, Ambler Arboretum of Temple University, Ambler, Pennsylvania;, C. Meholic, University of Delaware Botanic Gardens, Newark, Delaware; E. Fite, Mt. Cuba Center, Hockessin, Delaware
Pre-Registration Required: 

Meaningful conversations leading to change happen in the gray areas of conversation. We must go beyond thinking in terms of black and white and speaking only with people who agree with us. In order to engage people in topics we think are important, we must understand our assumptions and their experiences. In the field of public horticulture, we often encounter people who disagree with us about GMOs, pesticide use, and climate change. At any time engaging with those around you could lead to an uncomfortable conversation. Using practices based in adult education and life-long learning, critical thinking, reflection, and effective discussion, participants will explore how to have a more meaningful and effective conversation with those who think differently, realizing the goal is not necessarily to change minds but to have civil dialogue.