Planting for the Future Dual Session
Event Type: 
Planting for the Future
Date / Time: 
Thu June, 09 - 11:15am to 12:45pm

Session 1: Preparing the Next Generation of Transformative Leaders of Cultural Institutions

As a leader or emerging leader, does your staff feel trust, admiration, loyalty, and respect for you? Does your staff work harder than expected to accomplish your institution’s goals? Hear and engage panelists from National Arts Strategies and Longwood Gardens Fellowship in Public Horticulture, thought-leaders in the cultural sectors of arts and public horticulture, addressing the expectations placed upon today’s leaders, the qualities of transformational leaders, and programs for learning the skills to be a leader of a cultural institution. 

PresentersD.C. Needham, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania; G. Crider, National Arts Strategies, Alexandria, Virginia; T.C. Fleming, Longwood Gardens Center for Leadership Fellows Program, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

Session 2: An Ecologist in the Garden, Public Garden Management Lessons from Natural Areas Ecology

s public gardens continue to place increased emphasis on sustainable landscape and operational strategies, learning to look to the sciences of ecology and natural areas management becomes of greater practical value. For over a decade, the Lurie Garden has based both landscape and operational management practices on an adaptive co-management approach—a methodology originally developed for management of large social-ecological natural systems. The Lurie Garden has successfully developed its natural assets into a resilient, sustainable ecosystem within an ultra-urban environment, supported by a flexible community-based operational system. This presentation will discuss the use of adaptive co-management in the strategic and daily organization of a public garden, as well as how this management system is effective in coping with the demands of multiple and overlapping service levels, such as education programs, landscape upkeep, biodiversity management, and protecting the integrity of a garden’s original design intention. Lessons learned at Lurie Garden will be discussed in scale for small and large public gardens.

Presenters: S. Stewart, Lurie Garden, Chicago, Illinois.