Session 1: Screen Versus Green/Virtual Reality
Do you feel a tension between your mission and the overwhelming push to incorporate technology into your visitor experience? Are you curious about how others have used technology to enhance, rather than compete with, their garden experience? Hear from experts who have successfully incorporated technology into the public garden space for heightened learning and impact.
Presenters: M. Conley, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania; S. Ravichandran, C.K. Dougherty, The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois; J. Groarke, New York Botanical, New York, New York; G. Culbertson, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, Colorado.
Session 2: The Virtual Garden: Expanding Reach Using Virtual Reality Technologies
Gardens, like the plants of which they are composed, are rooted to their sites. One has to visit a garden to truly experience it. People have tried to capture the essence of gardens through books, photography, and videography but, today, we are on the cusp of a virtual reality revolution that promises to provide garden administrators incredible new ways to showcase their gardens to visitors, students, and would-be tourists. This presentation describes the use of three different types of virtual reality technologies and their to virtually disseminate the experience of gardens.
Presenter: B.H. George, Utah State University, Logan, Utah.