Conference Tracks

Concurrent sessions, workshops, and events offered at the annual conference are categorized under specific tracks. Tracks assist attendees in finding those offerings that are most closely related to their particular job, Community, or interest. These tracks are named and modeled after our Specialties.

HORTICULTURE 

Our gardens are defined by many diverse factors, which include history, art, architecture, exhibitions, garden design, plant selection, best horticultural practices, sustainable landscapes, food gardens, pollinator habitat and other ecosystem services, accessibility, and sustainable operations and facilities. What makes your gardens and landscapes come alive for visitors? What sets them apart? The garden, in all its essence, is the foundation of this track.

Targeted Communities: 

Arts & Exhibitions 

Design & Planning 

Food & Agriculture 

Historic Landscapes 

Horticulture, Greenhouse, & Facilities 

Native Plants 

Plant Collections


PLANT CURATION & CONSERVATION 

Public gardens work on the leading edge to document and preserve plant diversity. Preparing for immediate and long-range climate change requires strength of vision and offers opportunities for great innovation. How is your garden a champion for the plant kingdom? Using technology and innovation to sustain the wealth of your data? Crossing departmental lines to share your conservation victories? Bring your questions and your proposed solutions.

Targeted Communities: 

Horticulture, Greenhouses, & Facilities 

Native Plants 

Plant Collections 

Plant Conservation 

Plant Nomenclature & Taxonomy 

Technology & Innovation Professionals 


EDUCATION & SCIENCE 

Public gardens bring science to life for so many audiences, with interpretation, education, and communication programs that impact communities in and outside of the garden gates. How are you communicating your conservation, collections, and research in collaboration with others? How do you catalyze visitors to become action-oriented toward conservation and stewardship in the face of climate change? How do you measure the impact on your diverse audiences through all communication channels?

Targeted Communities: 

Arts & Exhibitions 

College & University Gardens 

Development & Membership 

Education 

Food & Agriculture 

Guest Services 

International Gardens 

Marketing & Communications 

Plant Conservation 

Technology & Innovation Professionals 

Volunteer Engagement 


PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT 

People are at the heart of every fiscally sustainable public garden. Good partnerships, whether with the public, your member base, volunteers, sponsors, or other institutions, bring more opportunities for outreach and funding. What creative means have you applied towards recruiting for and strengthening workplace diversity? How have institutional friendships and collaborations enriched your garden's continued well-being and the economic health and resilience of the greater community? 

Targeted Communities: 

College & University Gardens 

Design & Planning 

Development & Membership 

Finance & Operations 

Guest Services 

Marketing & Communications 

Small Gardens 

Volunteer Engagement 


GARDEN MANAGEMENT 

Envisioning the next generation garden through successful leadership, at all levels, will take an institution and its staff to new heights and foster organizational excellence. How do you cultivate new talent, know when strategies have been successful, or apply cutting-edge ideas to economic, environmental, and social sectors? How do you determine strategic imperatives and ensure the success of new initiatives while increasing the relevancy and viability of your garden?

Targeted Communities: 

All Communities 


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