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

How a Public Garden is Redefining Outreach in the Urban Forest
Event Type: 
Collecting and Conserving
Date / Time: 
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 9:30am to 10:30am
Executive Room
G. Elton and R. Seward, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, Massachusetts
Pre-Registration Required: 

In August 2008, a dangerous pest, the nonnative, invasive Asian longhorned beetle, was discovered in Worcester County, Massachusetts. To contain the infestation, Worcester County was put under quarantine and whole neighborhoods were clear-cut in a matter of weeks, devastating citizens and the urban ecosystem. The Worcester Tree Initiative (WTI), a non-profit organization aided the City of Worcester in reforestation efforts by providing 30,000 free trees. As the need for reforestation slowed, WTI partnered with Tower Hill Botanic Garden, becoming the Garden’s outreach arm and strengthening the Garden’s mission of improving lives through meaningful connections to the natural world. Participants will take away replicable tactics to use in partnering with municipalities, urban foresters, citizens, and industry professionals in creating a sustainable outreach program.


This session is approved for 1 ISA credit hours.