Public Garden Management: A Complete Guide to the Planning and Administration of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta

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John Wiley & Sons, Jun 2, 2011 - Architecture - 416 pages
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The complete-and-ready reference for establishing, managing, and running a successful and sustainable, profitable public garden

As unique museums with living collections of plants, public gardens offer visitors aesthetically beautiful landscapes combined with educational programming and scientific research that promote the value and understanding of plants. In the twenty-first century, public gardens are in the forefront of organizations and institutions committed to promoting the conservation of plants and their habitats, developing sustainable practices that support the environment, and providing green spaces where our increasingly stressed and urbanized citizens can reconnect with the natural world. It is critically important that such institutions have trained, knowledgeable staff members. Because of its comprehensive examination of public gardens, Public Garden Management is the ideal guide for staff members at public gardens, anyone considering a career in public gardens, groups starting a botanical garden or arboretum, and students discovering how these complex institutions work.

Public Garden Management is an all-in-one professional reference and textbook that clearly shows how to develop, establish, manage, and maintain a sustainable—both economically and environmentally—public garden. Offering practical coverage of relevant topics, along with useful tools for reinforcing study, this insightful and forward-thinking guide is:

  • Copublished by the American Public Gardens Association

  • Written by a panel of leading experts in the field

  • Filled with dozens of case studies that are real-world illustrations of the principles explored in the text

  • Illustrated throughout with line drawings, figures, and photographs that assist in conveying critical information

Students and professionals will benefit greatly from the management principles outlined in this book, helping them establish and maintain new and existing public gardens that engage, inspire, and connect with their communities.

 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
The History and Significance of Public Gardens
Annotated Resources
Information Needs
The Process of Organizing a New Garden
Annotated Resources
Designing for Plants and People
Staffing and Personnel Management
Continuing Professional and Higher Education
Interpreting Gardens to Visitors
Annotated Resources
Annotated Resources
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Conservation Practices at Public Gardens
A Strategic Approach to Leadership and Management
Associations and Partnerships

Personnel Management
Annotated Resources
Volunteer Training
Budgeting and Financial Planning
Annotated Resources
Earned Income Opportunities
Annotated Resources
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Public Gardens and Their Communities The Value of Outreach
Formal Education for Students Teachers and Youth at Public
Annotated Resources
Construction
The Shape of Gardens to Come
Factors in the Development and Management of Canadian Public
The Importance of Plant Exploration Today
The Library in a Public Garden
Public Relations and Marketing Communications
Contributors
Index
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

Donald A. Rakow, PhD, serves as the Elizabeth Newman Wilds Director of Cornell Plantations, as well as Director of the Cornell Graduate Program in Public Garden Leadership. Actively involved in horticultural associations and education initiatives at many levels, Rakow is a frequent speaker at conferences and has been honored with the APGA Service Award, for his service on American Public Gardens Association's board of directors and many of its committees.

Sharon A. Lee is the principal of Sharon Lee & Associates, a communications consulting firm, and is the former deputy director of the American Public Gardens Association and the founding editor of the Public Garden, the journal of the American Public Gardens Association.

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