There are many currents of thought and research that are converging on looking at ways botanical gardens could evolve in order to address various environmental, social, financial and infrastructure issues that cities face and botanical gardens too. How might we rethink what a botanical garden is in order to think differently about how to create new ones, redesign existing ones and create more public gardens that could help mitigate environmental and social issues. This presentation will 'curate' the most interesting and innovative 'bigger picture' trends in thinking, landscape design, green infrastructure breakthoughs as well as societal trends that offer fascinating and exciting ways to rethink how we could create new botanical gardens. Some of these trends include: Re-Wilding urban centers, enhancing resiliency via green infrastructure and 'hacking' design to create low-cost public gardens with and free access. This session will challenge existing thinking about elements that may no longer be needed in new types of botanical gardens especially if botanic gardens are committed to environmental conservation. What are new features that are needed and how might new botanic gardens operate to drastically reduce operating costs so they are more sustainable financially as well as environmentally. What could be the new features, approaches and environmental ethos that public gardens should model to address not only environmental issues but social ones as well to improve the quality of life for more people.
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Attendees will learn: 1) how to think differently when planning to create a new garden or redesigning an existing one, in order to help mitigate environmental and social issues, 2) new 'bigger picture' trends in landscape design, society, and, green infrastructure, such as : Re-Wilding urban centers, enhancing resiliency via green infrastructure, and creating low-cost public gardens with free access, 3) how new botanic gardens might drastically reduce operating costs so they are more sustainable financially as well as approaches and environmental ethos that public gardens should model to address not only environmental issues but social ones as well to improve the quality of life for more people.
Maureen Heffernan is the CEO/President of The Parks Management Co., the conservancy group that manages the Myriad Botanical Garden and Scissortail Park in Oklahoma City, OK. Her previous positions included: Executive Director at Coastal Maine Botanical Gar
American Public Gardens Association