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

Tattoos, Drag Queens, and Botanic Gardens, Oh My!
Event Type: 
Making Friends, Making Money
Date / Time: 
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 9:30am to 10:30am
Ambassador Ballroom
E. Filbey, Allen Centennial Gardens, Madison Wisconsin; K. Swartz, Education, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, Massachusetts
Pre-Registration Required: 

Millennials represent one quarter of the nation’s population, but many gardens struggle to create offerings that this demographic finds valuable, leading to few engagement opportunities for millennials and millennial-minded people in public gardens. By tapping into cultural trends such as drag queens or botanical tattoos as points of entry, the Allen Centennial Garden and Tower Hill Botanic Garden created programs that broke the boundaries of traditional public garden offerings and invited a move diverse audience to experience their gardens. This session will dive into how our gardens can “think outside the flower box” to bring innovative, engaging programming to new audiences. Participants will leave with the necessary framework to create innovative, culturally relevant horticulture-based programming, a tool kit to troubleshoot issues, and strategies to get stakeholders on board.


This session is approved for 1 CFRE credit hour.