AMERICAN PUBLIC GARDENS ASSOCIATION
PORTLAND, OREGON JUNE 22-26, 2020
Crafting Gardens for a Changing World
What better place to talk about crafting gardens for a changing world than Portland?
Portland is no longer the "Stumptown" it once was. The timber industry, which helped build the state, has evolved and now sustainability and a reverence for nature are fundamental to the region. This conference's theme speaks both to the pressing realities of our changing climate and to the social and demographic changes impacting Public Gardens today.
What makes Portland, Oregon so special? Some will tell you it's the indie music and arts scene. Others can't get over the city's amazing food and drinks. We're obviously partial to the trees, fresh air, and proximity to the mountains, rivers, and ocean. But maybe it's the hand-crafted pioneer mentality that pervades it all? Set against the backdrop of majestic Mount Hood, Portland combines a sophisticated, cosmopolitan atmosphere with a refreshingly friendly, small-town warmth. Located in a state that's 48% forests and celebrated for its proximity to natural wonders like the Columbia River Gorge, Portland's metro area is pretty scenic in its own right. The city has 37,000 acres of green space, including many world-class public gardens, nearly 300 public parks, and 166 miles of trails.