Public gardens evolve over time. A private estate opens to the public. A developing cultural hub seeks to better integrate its member institutions. A landfill turned garden expands its offerings. Each of these real-life situations called for a distinctive process to map out and implement a vision for the future. Master plans require a significant investment of time, money, and thought. In this session public garden leaders and design professionals reflect on the planning processes they engaged in at Mt. Cuba Center, Santa Fe Botanical Garden, and South Coast Botanic Garden and share lessons learned.
Key questions that will be touched on include: How does design help envision the transformation of existing sites to meet changing needs? How do plans themselves evolve between the time of drafting and implementation? How do you know when it’s time to commission a master plan? How do you assemble the right design team? How can public garden clients and design firms work together most effectively? How can a master planning process best include the voices of all departments within a garden? What strategies work best to foster a dialog with the community and stakeholders throughout a master planning process?
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Attendees will learn 1) how design helps inform site planning to meet changing needs, 2) how plans themselves evolve between the time of drafting and implementation, 3) when it’s time to commission a master plan, 4) how to assemble the right design team, 5) how public garden clients and design firms can work together most effectively, 6) how a master planning process can best include the voices of all departments within a garden, 7) what strategies work best to foster a dialog with the community and stakeholders throughout a master planning process.
1) Travis Beck is Director of Horticulture at Mt. Cuba Center in Delaware, where he oversees the care and evolution of 582 acres of native plant gardens, landscaped grounds, and natural lands. Prior to Mt. Cuba, Travis worked at the New York Botanical Gard
American Public Gardens Association