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State Botanical Garden of Georgia:

State Botanical Garden of Georgia

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Drinking water for Lithia Springs, GA (Sweetwater Creek State Park)

Where’s our ‘in’, our entry point:

Where’s our ‘in’, our entry point Gardening, horticulture…..the stuff we do, the stuff we have credibility for, the stuff that people trust us to know about.

Weather data as an entry point:

Weather data as an entry point Hours < 32F in the first 100 days of 2012 = 128 255 in 2010, 436 in 2009 Last frost date in last 4 yrs = Mar 6,7,7,5 resp. That’s 2-4 weeks earlier that the previous 14 years. 8” below soil surface temp is 5F higher than ‘10, ‘09 Relatable to gardeners To pest, disease and weed over-wintering To planting dates, to ripening times To warm soil that evaporates water more quickly

Local food production as an entry point:

Local food production as an entry point Food transportation, carbon footprint etc.

International outreach:

International outreach “Our Shared Forests” Migratory birds, pollinators, environmental health, shade-grown coffee Ecuador and Georgia SBGG teacher kits Science Night at Athens Academy attracted 200

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Water conservation as an entry point

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Think of all the connections, t he engagement, the s toryboards How much is 50,000 gallons i n terms of your water bill?

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Can we help change our p erceptions of what constitutes a beautiful landscape?

The Georgia Native Plant Initiative Takes Root:

The Georgia Native Plant Initiative Takes Root A new collaboration that seeks to bridge the gap between native plant demand and wholesale commercial production for Georgia roadsides, habitat restorations and gardens.

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Citizen Science

Botanical Guardians Hands and Eyes Across the State of Georgia:

Botanical Guardians Hands and Eyes Across the State of Georgia

Gardens as conduits of information:

Gardens as conduits of information Translating scientific studies into s tories accessible to all…….. But not dumbing it down

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Make the connections! Have optimism Engage at appropriate levels …………………………..

We’re doing lots. We’re walking the walk. We just have to get better at talking the talk :

We’re doing lots. We’re walking the walk. We just have to get better at talking the talk

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