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Making Bigger Pictures: Connecting Collections with Contemporary Culture

As cultural attitudes and mindsets shift ever more rapidly, how do botanical gardens stay relevant? Our collections, from living plants to herbarium specimens, represent an intrinsic part of botanical garden DNA.

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6/21/18
Program Mixology: The recipe for combining alcohol and education

Providing alcohol can be a big draw for development events, but did you know it can also increase your audience base as well as attendance numbers for mission-based education programs?

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6/21/18
Weddings, Public Events, Garden Guests: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Let's face it. We are a public garden first, a venue second. Yet, events bring people to the beauty of the gardens, as well as bring much needed earned revenue to support our missions.

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6/21/18
Creative Ideas for Shows and Exhibits: Incorporating Interpretive Themes into Display Design

Orchid, holiday, and other types of big shows and festivals are becoming increasingly popular ways to draw in visitors to public gardens.

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6/20/18
Get It Done! How to Complete Work in Your Garden While Maximizing the Guest Experience

You CAN maintain your gardens to a high level while still delivering a great guest experience. Three institutes will share their thoughts and practices as to how they complete their daily work while maximizing the guest experience.

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6/20/18
Visitor Motivations: How They Can Help Plan Experiences & Measure Success

With the aim of better understanding audiences, catering to people’s needs, and staying relevant to people’s lives in a rapidly changing world, three institutions look to uncovering visitors’ motivations as a guide.

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6/19/18
Taking Out the Guesswork: A Guide to Using Research to Build Arts Audiences

This guidebook was developed out of strong evidence that audience research can strengthen audience-building initiatives by helping institutions understand how to build meaningful connections with different groups.

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11/7/17
No Apologies: Construction as an Opportunity for Guest Engagement

Construction projects are inevitable in public gardens, whether it is a new build or restoration. The common tendency is to anticipate the construction will result in negative consequences.

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7/9/17
Fusing Seasonal Display Planning with Garden-wide Approaches and Programming

In this multi-speaker presentation, we will discuss how to create a seasonal horticultural display throughout an institution.

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7/9/17
Beyond Beauty and Botanics: Crafting the Visitor Experience for the “Living Museum”

Public gardens are more than simply a collection of plants, displayed for public enjoyment. Public gardens should consider themselves part of the wider cultural sector and must be cognizant of their societal role in the 21st century.

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7/9/17

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