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Tammy Kohlleppel, Jennifer Campbell Bradley, and Steve Jacob

Stress has been characterized as an epidemic and has been found to play an important role in causing many diseases. In contrast, people often seek out nature and green spaces to help cope with life stress. Botanic gardens provide opportunities for people to immerse in nature, explore their horticultural interests, and experience recreation and leisure. The literature suggests that all of these activities are effective coping strategies against life stress. This study explored the effectiveness of botanic garden visits as a coping strategy. The findings of this study suggest that botanic gardens could be a place for coping with the effects of stress. Botanic garden visitation, along with gender, stressful life events, perceived health, and selfesteem, was found to be important in explaining reported levels of depression. Data also showed that visitors who received the most benefit of stress reduction were those most needing a coping strategy.

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Mary Hockenberry Meyer and David Michener

Botanic gardens, Cooperative Extension, and land grant universities share a common goal of horticultural or plant science education. Many botanic gardens include education in their mission statements. While academic institutions typically offer

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Melissa Steinhauer, M.A. Brennan, Dennis McConnell, Carrie Reinhardt-Adams, and David Sandrock

financial support from the government, one-fifth of garden operating budgets were from earned income, with the largest portion of earned income from admissions and a quarter from contributions. Out of all privately contributed dollars to botanic gardens

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Michael S. Dosmann

Curatorial Practices for Botanical Gardens. 2007. T.C. Hohn. AltaMira Press (A division of Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.), Lanham, MD. 227 pages. $39.95. Hardcover. ISBN-13: 978-0-7591-1063-2. Many signs indicate that as a discipline

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Judy Kay, Arantza A. Strader, Vickie Murphy, Lan Nghiem-Phu, Michael Calonje, and M. Patrick Griffith

Botanic gardens increasingly work to advance conservation ( Oldfield, 2010 , among others), and like zoos, many gardens have adopted conservation as one of their primary missions. Conservation horticulture is an area of work that leverages staff

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Anthony W. Kahtz

St.Louis public schools and the staff of the Missouri Botanical Garden for their interest and participation in this research.

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Lisa K. Wagner and Shelley W. Fones

Garden Explorations is supported by a grant to the South Carolina Botanical Garden, Clemson University from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute through their Precollege Science Education Initiative program. The program has also received

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Matt Stephens, Melody Gray, Edward Moydell, Julie Paul, Tree Sturman, Abby Hird, Sonya Lepper, Cate Prestowitz, Casey Sharber, and Aaron Steil

The University of Delaware Botanic Gardens (UDBG) is at a critical juncture in its development. Momentum of shared interest at the University of Delaware and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources favors the Gardens' advancement as an institution. Having identified endowment planning as a critical and immediate need for UDBG, the goal of this research was to gather pertinent institutional knowledge from select university-based public gardens throughout the United States that had already created an endowment. Key staff were interviewed during the summer of 2005 at Cornell Plantations, JC Raulston Arboretum, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, and the State Botanic Garden of Georgia. Valuable insights into the procurement and management of endowments within a university-based garden environment were gained through these interviews. Utilizing these results, as well as input from an advisory Task Force, specific recommendations for the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens were made from within the following topic areas: Organizational Structure, Planning, Current Strategies, The Endowment, and The Donor.

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Robert D. Byers

Botanical gardens continually seek new ways to improve their education programs and increase their audiences. In the case of most university gardens, the larger academic community presents many opportunities. However, what does a university garden do when separated by several hours travel from the campus served? Garvan Woodland Gardens and the University of Arkansas (UA) have developed several ways to address this challenge. A summer school session and Elderhostel program work together to benefit both partners in this alliance. This article discusses these efforts according to their structure, costs, and educational benefits.

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Shelley H. Jansky and Robert A. Bell

Travel was supported in part by the Univ. of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (SHJ) and Loyola Univ. of Chicago (RAB). Information in this paper was obtained from personal communication with botanical garden staff and public information literature