Introducing The HALIFAX BOTANICAL GARDEN
Building a Botanical Garden
Creating a new garden is a noble effort, and one that could make a dramatic and lasting impact on a community. This project proposal is created in support of those who strive to make such a difference in their own communities.
There is no single approach to starting a Botanical Garden. It is an iterative and evolving process— some steps may occur simultaneously, while others may take time. This toolkit is not prescriptive; rather, it is intended to be inspirational; inclusive of the major steps involved. So we invite Halifax to get creative and blaze your own trail!
A Garden For Every SeasonThe Case for Botanical Garden
Botanical gardens are invaluable assets to the communities they serve. Gardens, parks, and other public green spaces have always been places of respite and solitude; places where people reconnect with beauty and experience nature; places of education and discovery.
Our world is full of extraordinary gardens that provide immeasurable benefits. Whether they are small gardens that offer access to green space in underserved communities, world-renowned repositories for botanical diversity, or outstanding examples of horticultural design, gardens are a resource worthy of our support.
We live in an era of increasing interest in the development of botanical gardens. Botanic Gardens Conservation International, the world’s largest plant conservation organization, is an advocate for the global network of botanic gardens. The public, too, has shown great interest in the advancement of parks and gardens. In many cases attendance is rising, memberships are increasing, and the educational offerings of public gardens are in strong demand.
As technology and other external forces influence how people spend their time and money, gardens have an opportunity to adapt and advance their missions to meet changing needs and desires. Gardens are anything but a relic— gardens are thriving, and we have the chance to meet the challenges of our time with innovation, relevance, and excitement.
Gardens are leaders in environmental education, ecological awareness, horticultural technique, and design. But even as they strive to serve an ever-increasing diversity of audiences and communities, gardens will remain cherished spaces of respite and beauty.
Gardens are wonderfully diverse. While larger gardens may employ career horticulturists, some small gardens are staffed entirely by dedicated volunteers. Many gardens have formal education programs, while others simply offer the experience of being in a space with living plants.
Some gardens conduct innovative scientific research and work around the globe to preserve and protect plant diversity. Others tell the stories of their own local histories and preserve the legacy of their founders. Some gardens grow in response to the needs of their communities, while others lend their communities a sense of their own special character. Most Botanical gardens operate as private nonprofits or public-private partnerships, though governance models vary. Some are highly sophisticated organizations, while others are at much earlier phases of their evolution.
Every garden serves great purpose—to individuals, to communities, to the local and regional environment, to collective human knowledge, and to global ecology. Each garden’s reason for being is a story that develops as the garden takes shape, and each story—with its challenges and bene- fits—deserves to be shared.
2024 VISION PLAN PDF ATTACHED
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