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APGA Conference Miami 6-10 June

Changing Perspectives: Planting for the Future

A report on the American Public Gardens Association Conference

Miami, USA, 6 – 10 June 2016. 

By Sharon Willoughby

 

The American Public Gardens Association (APGA) is the peak organisation for Botanic and Public Gardens in the US (formerly the ABGA).  In 2016 APGA and BGANZ established a formal partnership.   Apart from the many benefits of connecting likeminded organisation and networks this new relationship will provide a conference registration scholarship, which will allow one member from each organisation to attend the reciprocal organisations annual conference without paying the conference registration fee.  To cement this new partnership APGA invited me to attend and speak about the role of socially inclusive practice in a modern Botanic Garden at their international section dinner.  My attendance was supported by BGANZ Council, BGANZ (Vic), RBGV and self-funding.  Eamonn Flanagan the Executive Officer of BGANZ also attended the Conference.

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Posted in blog, guided walk, school holiday programme, survey

Why we love surveys

We survey all of our visitors at every event we run, from guided walks to workshops, displays and school holiday programmes. We then use this information to change the way we do things at future events, or to keep doing things our visitors are loving! We luckily have a lovely volunteer who does all of our data entry for us. Continue reading “Why we love surveys”

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Advertising school holiday programmes

 

We don’t spend any budget on advertising our school holiday programmes. Here’s what we do that generates high visitation:

  • we have an email list that is specifically for parents who would like to know about upcoming events for their kids. We email them about two weeks before the school holiday to let them know what’s coming up.

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