The Power of Planning: Developing Landscape Management Plans for Public Gardens

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While public gardens have long recognized the utility of high-level planning documents such as strategic plans and collections policies, many institutions lack written plans guiding day-to-day operations. Nonetheless, landscape management plans are among the most important operational documents for horticultural institutions. A well-structured plan establishes consistent and achievable horticultural standards, serves as an authoritative reference for work planning, and ensures that an organization’s larger goals and priorities are reflected in, and furthered by, daily horticultural practices. As institutions grow and change over time, and as garden staff come and go, a well-crafted landscape management plan can provide vital continuity. This session will discuss not only the benefits of landscape management plans for public gardens and arboreta, but also the challenges of developing a plan from scratch, and implementing it once the ink has dried. This session will help staff understand how to complete the planning process, from initial research to application. Plans are not one-size-fits-all, and we will discuss how developing a plan that fits your institution will help guide excellence in the areas of plant health and aesthetics, design and function, goals and objectives, short and long term planning, and consistency and efficiency of work practices.
Anaheim, CA
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Site Planning
Health, Safety and Welfare
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Attendees will learn 1) how to complete a landscape management planning process from initial research to application, 2) how a landscape management plan sets standards and guidance for plant health and aesthetics, design and function, and establishes short and long term goals, 3) to translate a landscape management plan framework into practice regardless of size, geographic location, budget, and horticultural focus.
1) Lindsey Kerr is the Curator/Garden Manager for the Lord & Schryver Conservancy. She serves on the editorial group of the Association’s Public Garden magazine. She holds an MS in Public Horticulture from the Longwood Graduate Program, a Master of Histori
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