June 19, 2006
Arboretum cohosts American Public Garden
By Tim Stephens
Sustainability is the focus of this summer's annual meeting
of the American Public Garden
Association (APGA) in San Francisco, cohosted by the UCSC
Arboretum in collaboration with the Filoli
Center and other regional gardens. The 2006 APGA conference,
June 26 to July 1, will showcase the diversity and beauty of
greater-Bay Area public gardens and demonstrate the innovative
efforts of regional gardens toward sustainability.
Approximately 500 garden professionals from across the country
will attend the presentations, workshops, tours, and discussions
about the central role of public gardens in the sustainability
movement. On Saturday, July 1, hundreds of conference attendees
will visit the Arboretum for a tour.
"The Arboretum and its collections and conservation activities
are well known in the botanical garden community. The tour will
be an opportunity to promote our collections, gardens, and community
of friends," said Arboretum director Daniel Harder, who
is cochair of the host committee for the APGA conference.
Conference attendees will also visit the UC
Botanical Garden in Berkeley and attend events at the San
Francisco Botanical Garden, the Conservatory
of Flowers, and the Filoli Center. Additional information
about the conference is available on the APGA
Formerly known as the American Association of Botanical Gardens
and Arboreta, the APGA represents North American public gardens
and their professional staff. The organization serves and strengthens
public gardens by supporting their work, value, and achievements
in horticultural display, education, research, and plant conservation.