Wish We Knew then What We Know Now

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Wish We Knew Then What We Know Now The Challenges and Opportunities of Garden Expansion After the Ribbon Cutting Amanda Bettin- Horticulture & Design Supervisor Chase Williams- Horticulturist

About Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens:

About Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

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Master Plan History Phase 1: construction began June 2007 Master Plan 2.0: concept/planning stage—shooting for 2014 groundbreaking

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Scotts Miracle-Gro Company Community Garden Campus

What We Thought Then-2009:

What We Thought Then-2009 Staffing/Volunteer needs? Garden Use Maintenance? Design/Plant Selection-doing better? Many unanswered questions….

What We Know Now:

What We Know Now Four Years Later: Veggies, Veggies, and more veggies! STAFF--it takes village (or at least 2.5) Volunteers—KEY Maintenance “Quirks” Design—still work to do be done Interdepartmental Communication---jump on the wagon!

Garden Use:

Garden Use Programming and Classes Events Vegetables and fruit production boomed

Vegetable and Fruit Production:

Vegetable and Fruit Production 5 zones of production Potage Gardens International Cuisine Gardens Berry Yard Culinary Parterre Garden Culinary Herb Garden

Vegetable and Fruit Production:

3000 pounds of produce harvested last year Goal is 4000 this year Produce is split between three recipients local soup kitchens café/catering programming/classes Vegetable and Fruit Production


Staffing More than we anticipated--2.5 staff on site Tasks include but not limited to… Group projects Divide and conquer Staying organized!


Volunteers Play a KEY role! Sense of ownership Dedication! Task sheets for each garden The calm after the storm Self sufficient…to a point




Maintenance First priority: WATERING! Whipping and mowing Keeping the garden “perfect” Gravel paths…a hort team’s nightmare


Design Plant selections by hort staff The curse of “instant impact” Vegetable planning/design is a large undertaking


Collaboration Getting on the same page Understanding perspective CSA program

Final Thoughts:

Final Thoughts Work out the quirks BEFORE groundbreaking Be involved with the design/plant selection Don’t be afraid to shake things up Collaborate DURING the planning phase Adding new gardens add to EVERYONE’S workload

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