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Public garden management
2nd ed.
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NJ, : Wiley, 2011.
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xiv, 385 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
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30000010321300 SB467.8 P83 2011 Open Access Book Book

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The complete-and-ready reference for establishing, managing, andrunning a successful and sustainable, profitable public garden

As unique museums with living collections of plants, publicgardens offer visitors aesthetically beautiful landscapes combinedwith educational programming and scientific research that promotethe value and understanding of plants. In the twenty-first century,public gardens are in the forefront of organizations andinstitutions committed to promoting the conservation of plants andtheir habitats, developing sustainable practices that support theenvironment, and providing green spaces where our increasinglystressed and urbanized citizens can reconnect with the naturalworld. It is critically important that such institutions havetrained, knowledgeable staff members. Because of its comprehensiveexamination of public gardens, Public Garden Management isthe ideal guide for staff members at public gardens, anyoneconsidering a career in public gardens, groups starting a botanicalgarden or arboretum, and students discovering how these complexinstitutions work.

Public Garden Management is an all-in-one professionalreference and textbook that clearly shows how to develop,establish, manage, and maintain a sustainable?botheconomically and environmentally?public garden. Offeringpractical coverage of relevant topics, along with useful tools forreinforcing study, this insightful and forward-thinking guideis:

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-worldillustrations of the principles explored in the text

Illustrated throughout with line drawings, figures, andphotographs that assist in conveying critical information

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

Author Notes

Sharon Lee is an author 'Writing from Maine'. She has written fiction in three genres -- fantasy, science fiction, and mystery.

Sharon is the only person to have served as executive director, vice president, and president of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. (SFWA).

Lee's books are award winners. Scout's Progress was the first place winner of the Prism Award for Best Futuristic Romance of 2002 and was chosen by the Romantic Times book reviewers as Best Science Fiction novel of 2002; Local Custom placed second for the Prism Award for Best Futuristic Romance of 2002; Balance of Trade received the Hal Clement Award for Best Young Adult Science Fiction novel of 2004. Sharon writes extensively in the Liaden Universe.

Sharon Lee lives in Maine with her husband and co-author Steve Miller.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

ForewordPeter H. Raven
Part I Public Gardens and Their Significance
Chapter 1 What Is a Public Garden?Donald A. Rakow
Chapter 2 The History and Significance of Public GardensChristine Flanagan
Part II The Emerging Garden
Chapter 3 Critical Issues in Starting a Public GardenRobert E. Lyons
Chapter 4 The Process of Organizing a New Public GardenMary Pat Matheson
Chapter 5 Land AcquisitionMaureen Heffernan
Chapter 6 Designing for Plants and PeopleIain M. Robertson
Part III Administrative Functions
Chapter 7 Staffing and Personnel ManagementGerard T. Donnelly and Nancy L. Peske
Chapter 8 Volunteer Recruitment and ManagementArlene Ferris
Chapter 9 Budgeting and Financial PlanningRichard Piacentini and Lisa Macioce
Chapter 10 Fund Raising and Membership DevelopmentPatricia Rich
Chapter 11 Earned Income OpportunitiesRichard H. Daley
Chapter 12 Facilities and InfrastructureEric Tschanz
Chapter 13 Grounds Management and SecurityVincent A. Simeone
Part IV Programmatic Functions
Chapter 14 Public Gardens and Their Communities: The Value of OutreachSusan Lacerte
Chapter 15 Formal Education for Students, Teachers, and Youth at Public GardensPatsy Benveniste and Jennifer Schwarz-Ballard
Chapter 16 Continuing, Professional, and Higher EducationLarry DeBuhr
Chapter 17 Interpreting Gardens to VisitorsKitty Connolly
Chapter 18 Evaluation of Garden Programming and PlanningJulie Warsowe
Chapter 19 Public Relations and Marketing CommunicationsLeeann Lavin and Elizabeth Randolph
Chapter 20 Collections ManagementDavid Michener
Chapter 21 Research at Public GardensKayri Havens
Chapter 22 Conservation Practices at Public GardensSarah Reichard
Part V Long-Term Initiatives
Chapter 23 A Strategic Approach to Leadership and ManagementKathleen Socolofsky and Mary Burke
Chapter 24 Associations and PartnershipsClaire Sawyers
Chapter 25 Facility ExpansionBrian Holley
Chapter 26 The Shape of Gardens to ComePaul B. Redman
Appendix A Factors in the Development and Management of Canadian Public GardensMelanie Sifton and David Galbraith
Appendix B The Importance of Plant Exploration TodayPaul W. Meyer
Appendix C HerbariaBarbara M. Thiers
Appendix D Public Garden ArchivesSheila Connor
Appendix E The Library in a Public GardenRita M. Hassert
Appendix F Horticultural Therapy and Public GardensKaren L. Kennedy