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Public Garden Management Hardcover – February 15, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0470532133 ISBN-10: 0470532130 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 2 edition (February 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470532130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470532133
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #956,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Donald A. Rakow, PhD, serves as the Elizabeth Newman Wilds Director of Cornell Plantations, as well as Director of the Cornell Graduate Program in Public Garden Leadership. Actively involved in horticultural associations and education initiatives at many levels, Rakow is a frequent speaker at conferences and has been honored with the APGA Service Award, for his service on American Public Gardens Association's board of directors and many of its committees.

Sharon A. Lee is the principal of Sharon Lee & Associates, a communications consulting firm, and is the former deputy director of the American Public Gardens Association and the founding editor of the Public Garden, the journal of the American Public Gardens Association.


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It is high time that a book like this was published!
Christopher P. Dunn
Public Garden Management is a well written reference guide for anyone studying about or working in the public garden field.
D Price
In most chapters, this book has a nice balance of text, definition of terms and case studies.
Ellen T. Paparozzi

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AM VanDerZanden on April 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great resource for anyone currently involved in a public garden or anyone about to get started in the field. The authors start by providing important context about what defines a public garden and giving a brief historical perspective of gardens. They also describe in detail the different and varied functions public gardens might have and what that means in regard to the garden's organization and administration. The book is filled with lots of practical information that can be used to enhance any public garden. Detailed case studies that feature different public gardens are used throughout the text and illustrate many of the concepts disucssed in the book in real-world and tangible ways. This book brings together a wealth of information and experience from the numerous contributors and provides a comprehensive discussion of public garden management.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leeann Lavin on April 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
While many of the management lessons offered in Public Garden Management by Donald Rakow and Sharon Lee can be applied to any good, solid business operation, it is an excellent -- and long overdue -- manual for every level and discipline needed to successfully run a public garden and arboreta. Heretofore, botanical garden managers learned on the job or by trial and error. Public Garden Management is a very welcome solution to creating better garden management. The book is a hands-on guide - written by established professionals and leaders in their respective fields: Fund Raising, Education, Community Outreach and Public Relations and Marketing Communications. (Full disclosure: I provided the chapter on Public Relations and Marketing Communications). The book is a unique reference guide destined to become the must-have manual for those presently working in the special world of living museums who want to expand their knowledge and skill set. Or the Garden's Boards charged with management oversight. The book is also ideal for those who are considering a career in a public garden -- and students of any kind who are interested in becoming a public garden manager. Copublished by the American Gardens Association, the manuscript is a complete examination of a botanic garden's operations. The case studies and visual illustrations are presented in such a way that anyone interested in how to adopt best practices will benefit from the book. As the literature for Public Garden Management claims, "... public gardens are in the forefront of organizations and institutions committed to promoting conservation...and developing sustainable practices that support the environment." Cultural institutions such as public gardens and arboreta that connect their communities to living collections deserve this priceless management tool. Get it. You will refer to it very often as part of your management team!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lorna D on April 1, 2011
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This book is essential reading for those who want to start a public garden. It is packed with useful advice from those with experience. It is easy to read but not simplistic.
The coverage is comprehensive and useful; for example it explores design, financing, staffing and infrastructure. The majority of the book functions like a handbook; very practical,. There are many case studies which provide real world examples about how problems are solved. There are examples from large established gardens and from new emerging gardens.

75% of the membership if the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) are small and emerging gardens. Apparently there is a growing interest in starting public gardens. According to the APGA "the majority of those who make phone inquires to the association ask, "How do I start a public garden?" This book answers that question.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sharon A. Myrie on June 9, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great source of information. It serves as a guide for professionals in the field as well as for students interested in pursuing a career working in the public garden sector. While this book may attract professionals who are considering creating or sustaining a public garden,it also attempts to "demystify" what happens behind the scenes of running a public garden - more than just a beautiful destination - it is also a business that has to be mission-driven and identify ways to grow just like any other business. A great introduction for personnel who may not be as familiar to the public garden world consisting of professionals in many fields beyond horticulture, science and education. I received a review copy of the book from the authors and am thrilled to be able to share it with my colleagues in various departments.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HLS on December 19, 2011
Format: Hardcover
First off - kudos to editors Don Rakow and Sharon Lee for getting this book out; with well over 30 authors, I can't imagine the amount of "cat herding" involved. A monumental effort indeed! I was provided a review copy - I currently teach a one-credit Public Gardens course (university) that focuses mostly on hands-on horticulture; I look forward to developing it into a more complete course with the help of this wonderful text. Many pages are already dog-eared and sticky notes protrude throughout.

Public Garden Management covers all the bases with the chapters arranged in a logical sequence. The editors have done a great job with smoothing out and making less noticeable the differences among writing styles - always an issue with multi-author efforts. As noted by previous reviewers, there is some overlap among chapters; for example Chapter 26, The Shape of Gardens to Come, spends several pages reiterating content already provided by other chapters including History and Significance of Public Gardens. I'm sure overlap would be resolved in subsequent editions.

There's only one downside: frankly, Wiley dropped the ball on the color issue. What other book featuring gardens, public or otherwise, is in black and white??? The visual appeal of all aspects of these gorgeous gardens, from plants to designs, is lost. If one intends to use this as a textbook, it simply looks dated to the current generation. Would rather pay more and have it in color.

All in all, a terrific guide and resource that I'm sure I'll reach for time and time again.
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