Why do we want to engage our visitors and our community with our landscapes and collections – why are we trying to tell the special stories about our places?  How can we do that more effectively?

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Cost effective signage – Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria – Cranbourne Gardens.

These are some of the things that I have been thinking about alot over the last few months.

Firstly, as I was writing an article for Janelle Hatherly for the last edition of The  BOTANIC GARDENer on the definition of interpretation (see page 30 here) and secondly this week as I prepared to talk to the latest network meeting of BGANZ Vic on simple and cost effective ways we can bring our gardens to life.

Here is the Powerpoint that I presented to BGANZ Vic:

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I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Cheers

Sharon

Interpretation: Bringing your Collection to Life

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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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