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APGA - APGA News | Save the planet one garden at a time
August 2014
In This Issue: 
People and Gardens
Member Resources
Corporate Profile:
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Take A Stand:
The SDSN has prepared an offical letter on the serious risks posed by climate change.

CLICK HERE to add your name alongside many of the world’s leading scientists and climate experts, including our partners at the IUCN, in support of action.
Letter from APGA Executive Director Dr. Casey Sclar

A World Where Public Gardens Are Indispensable…

Greetings! When I see our vision statement I am reminded of how large our tasks seem, but yet how small the garden community world is. I have just returned from the fantastic “SPN Workshop of the Americas” held at beautiful Vallarta Botanical Gardens in Jalisco, Mexico. It was an incredible opportunity that brought 18 institutions primarily from Mexico and Latin America in contact with 14 US Gardens. We mutually explored in English and Spanish how we could address the challenges of educating our visitors and staff on the importance of high-consequence pests and diseases. Together, we developed professionally. I cannot adequately describe the sense of community we all experienced, and how what we do in public horticulture is so culturally transferable and sought after…

This world of professional development is readily available for you. We have three exciting Professional Development symposia happening this fall.  Registration has just officially opened for Telling the Garden’s Story, our 2014 Historic Landscapes Symposium hosted by Winterthur in Delaware, on October 15-17. Registration will be open soon for the Plant Collections Symposium, November 5-7. Listed last, but happening soonest, is the Small Gardens Symposium, September 17-19. Don’t let any of these opportunities to learn more and connect with your peers pass you by!

There are many other professional resources listed throughout this e-newsletter.  I hope you can beat the heat of summer by taking advantage of many of them!

- Yours

Dr. Casey Sclar
Executive Director

2014 Everyday Magic Conference
Presentations Now Online!
To access these presentations:
  • Visit www.2014.publicgardens.org.
  • Find the session using the "Conference" and  "All Sessions" menu items (search by track, day, or both).
  • Click the link at the bottom of the description.  
(Please note: If a presentation is not listed, this is because we did not receive the presentation or have permission to post it. )
Annual Appeal Donors
Your generous contribution allowed 12 Student Travel Award recipients to attend the 2014 Everyday Magic Conference in Denver.

Contributors include:  Anne Abbott, Pam Allenstein, David Barnett, Nancy Bechtol, Sarah Beck, Patsy Benveniste, Jeffrey Block, Bob Byers, Sabina Carr, Cynthia Druckenbrod, Barbara Faust, Arlene Ferris, Susan Greenstein, Patrick Griffith, Robert Gutowski, Rick King, Paul Kuenstner, Susan Lacerte, Patrick Larkin, Bill LeFevre, Caroline Lewis, Robert Lyons, Luke Messinger, Paul Meyer, Ray Mims, Nancy Morin, Katy Moss Warner, Suzanne Moussa, Kara Newport, Wilf Nicholls, David Price, Paul Redman, Sally Richardson, Mark Runciman, Jim Salyards, Ken Schutz, Casey & Ashley Sclar, Shane Smith, Richard Snow, Eric Tschanz, Mark Widrlechner, Halvorson Design Partnership, Royal Botanical Gardens, and Sarah P. Duke Gardens.
Membership News
Attention Garden Directors:
Don't forget! EVERY member of staff at your garden is an APGA member.  In addition to being able to access our full menu of benefits, this also applies to discounted rates on professional development events offered by APGA. (Including the upcoming Professional Section Symposia).

For questions and more info:  Email Suzanne or call (610) 708-3014.

Summer Newsletter and State of the Climate in 2013 Report
We spoke with Sandra Albro, Director of Research at Cleveland Botanical Garden, about Vacant to Vibrant, a green infrastructure and urban revitalization program. Find the YOUtopia Summer Newsletter here.
The majority of worldwide climate indicators continued to reflect trends of a warmer planet, according to the State of the Climate in 2013 report, released July 17 by the American Meteorological Society. The report encompasses the work of 425 authors from 57 countries. Find highlights and the full report here

Contact Sarah Beck with any questions or for more information.
Sentinel Plant Network
UPDATE From July Workshop
Recently, SPN conducted a workshop at the beautiful Vallarta Botanical Gardens (VBG) in Jalisco, Mexico. Over 50 participants from 34 public gardens, including 18 from Mexico and one from Costa Rica, came together to discuss strategies to stop the spread of serious plant pests and diseases. Kudos to VBG for sharing their inspiring garden and thanks to all for making the event a big success!

Does your garden hold an outstanding collection which could be a candidate for accreditation through the North American Plant Collections Consortium?  Simply include a letter requesting grant consideration when you submit a completed NAPCC collection application by September 15, 2014.

Questions? Email Pam Allenstein or call 610-708-3015.
Professional Development
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