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Thank you to the many American Public Gardens Association members who submitted ideas for the Longwood Fellows’ cohort project while at the Association’s conference in Anaheim this past June. More than 50 topics were submitted and the Fellows have sorted them into three topics and potential projects:

  • A best practice guide supporting those gardens working to stay relevant in a changing world.  How to engage the local community, the wider demographic, and an international audience would be included.  This resource would complement APGA's existing diversity and inclusion resources
  • An online resource to assess audiences and develop best practices for creating relationships and meaningful experience within gardens, including ideas for facilitating impactful, authentic garden experiences on-site to increase relevancy and reach; and interpret publich garden spaces from the tangible to the abstract
  • A schedule of professional development practices for use in a garden, including a database bringing mentors and mentees together via linked interests, and a repeating series of webinars connecting prominent knowledge holders with avid learners involving gardens of all size

If you have particular ideas about these or others, please email the Fellows at

About the Cohort Project

Each cohort of Fellows works collectively on a single project that spans the duration of the 13-month Program. The project contributes, in some tangible and meaningful way, to the leadership conversation occurring in public horticulture. Project topics may be generated by the Fellows, suggested by Longwood or a horticulture partner, or identified by a public horticulture professional.

Pending acceptance, Fellows present the results of their project at the annual conference of the American Public Gardens Association. The scope and relevance of the project will be commensurate with the effort required to produce an article for publication.

Completed Projects

2017-18 Cohort

Watch as the 2017-2018 Fellows present their cohort project.

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