Beyond the Garden Gate: Creatively Growing Education

November 1-3, 2017

Richmond, VA


Thank you to our attendees, gracious host, and generous sponsor for a great week.


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Regardless of your institution’s budget, location, age or acreage, public horticulture education requires endless creativity for new ideas and problem solving. You won’t want to miss this unique opportunity to be inspired, learn from others, and share your own experiences to inspire and motivate your peers. Whether you’re just starting out, a seasoned veteran, responsible for adult programming, youth programming, interpretation, or children’s garden management, you’ll find that spark to ignite your creativity and grow your education to new heights!

Explore the Richmond Region! The long, delightful Virginia fall unveils Richmond gardens in their full glory. Named by USA Today readers as a top 10 U.S. public garden, the symposium host site, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, anchors the Richmond Garden Trail. You’ll enjoy sessions at nearby neighbor, Maymont, a picturesque historic estate with glorious gardens, a nature center, a children’s farm and a Victorian mansion. The symposium moves its final day to Colonial Williamsburg in the Historic Triangle, and wraps up with an optional sunset visit to Westover, one of the grandest and most beautiful of Virginia’s colonial homes, offering extensive formal gardens as well as commanding views of the James River.

View Schedule here.


View the list of attendees here.