Creative Ways to Keep Top Quality on an ever Tightening Budget within a Botanical Garden<br />Karin Noecker<br />Franklin ...
About us! <br />The Historic Palm House was built in 1895<br />Ameriflora was held at Franklin Park in 1992 when the rest ...
2008 and 2009 additions <br />2 major projects of phase one of our master plan have commenced<br />In 2008 our John F. Wol...
Franklin Park Conservatory’s John F. Wolf Palm House<br />
Chihuly at The Franklin Park Conservatory<br />
Scott’s Miracle-Gro Community Garden Campus <br />Live Fire Cooking Theatre<br />Pollinator’s Garden<br />
Scott’s Miracle-Gro Community Garden Campus<br />Potage Gardens<br />Grape Arbor Terrace<br />
Our Budget<br /><ul><li>Our Facility operating budget is around 5 to 6 million dollars annually
$48,000 has been allotted to the Display Division (Horticulture)
This has to cover all new plant purchases, hand tools, signage, education enrichment for staff, misc. supplies, soils, mul...
This does not include: equipment rental, payroll, turf care, tree care, hardscaping materials or irrigation supplies</li><...
With Good Hiring Tactics you can’t go wrong! <br />
Get Creative with your Hiring!<br />When possible Only hire in Full time Temporary Employees , its like a 6 month intervie...
Team work…There is no I in 				Team <br />
Teamwork…it’s the only way<br /><ul><li>Instill the importance of team work in all of your staff, No one can do it alone b...
Communication: encourage your staff to talk to one another.
Problem solving: Teach them to be independent and to have the confidence to make good horticulture decisions.
Encourage them to ask for help when needed.
Honesty….always be honest about their workload and they will be honest with you.
Its okay to fail, that is how you learn. </li></li></ul><li>Local Supporters anyone? <br />
Local Support to help with Budget Relief<br />Create relationships within your community:<br />Local Garden groups<br />Pl...
The Columbus Foundation provided us with $10,000 to make additional beds and stone walls into our Trials garden<br />
FPC received $1500 from The Little Garden Club of Columbus for our Trials Program <br />Plant signage with Plate and Stake...
The Daylily Society of Central Ohio has created a Daylily collection with our collaboration<br />
Local Universities / colleges<br />FPC Provides unpaid internships to Horticulture students from our local University<br /...
Local Nurseries/ Growers and Garden Centers<br /><ul><li>Do business with few local nurseries rather than many
Create good relationships with your salespersons
Benefits that can come:
Growers become interested in what your mission is and are willing to help however they can
When clearing out their inventory they will think of your organization and most of the time will offer plants as donations
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Horticulture and Garden Operations Mini Series: Creative Ways to Keep Top Quality and Efficiency on Ever-Tightening Budgets within a Botanical Garden

  1. 1. Creative Ways to Keep Top Quality on an ever Tightening Budget within a Botanical Garden<br />Karin Noecker<br />Franklin Park Conservatory<br />Display Division Manager<br />
  2. 2. About us! <br />The Historic Palm House was built in 1895<br />Ameriflora was held at Franklin Park in 1992 when the rest of our Conservatory was built.<br />We manage 88 acres of gardens, over 20,000 sq. ft. of display greenhouses with 980 sq. ft of offsite production space.<br />We house the largest on display Chihuly glass collection by a Conservatory or Botanical Garden <br />We just closed our first ever Capital Campaign by raising 23 million in 2009<br />APGA IS COMING TO COLUMBUS IN 2012!!<br />
  3. 3. 2008 and 2009 additions <br />2 major projects of phase one of our master plan have commenced<br />In 2008 our John F. Wolf Palm House additions which includes: James Turrell light installation, 2 new roof top gardens, Brides Garden and The Veridian event space opened<br />In September of 2009 our 7 acre Scott’s Miracle – Gro Community Garden Campus opened. <br />
  4. 4. Franklin Park Conservatory’s John F. Wolf Palm House<br />
  5. 5. Chihuly at The Franklin Park Conservatory<br />
  6. 6. Scott’s Miracle-Gro Community Garden Campus <br />Live Fire Cooking Theatre<br />Pollinator’s Garden<br />
  7. 7. Scott’s Miracle-Gro Community Garden Campus<br />Potage Gardens<br />Grape Arbor Terrace<br />
  8. 8. Our Budget<br /><ul><li>Our Facility operating budget is around 5 to 6 million dollars annually
  9. 9. $48,000 has been allotted to the Display Division (Horticulture)
  10. 10. This has to cover all new plant purchases, hand tools, signage, education enrichment for staff, misc. supplies, soils, mulch, fertilizer, IPM beneficial, tropical collections needs and uniforms…..etc. etc. etc.
  11. 11. This does not include: equipment rental, payroll, turf care, tree care, hardscaping materials or irrigation supplies</li></li></ul><li>How do we keep impressing our visitors on such a tight budget? <br />Good Hiring Tactics<br />Instilling Teamwork into your staff<br />Local Support<br />Get Creative and Thrifty<br />
  12. 12. With Good Hiring Tactics you can’t go wrong! <br />
  13. 13. Get Creative with your Hiring!<br />When possible Only hire in Full time Temporary Employees , its like a 6 month interview! <br />Be honest about responsibilities.<br />Always advertise for unpaid internships at near by Universities. <br />Really assess what it is that you need in an additional team member. <br />
  14. 14. Team work…There is no I in Team <br />
  15. 15. Teamwork…it’s the only way<br /><ul><li>Instill the importance of team work in all of your staff, No one can do it alone but together anything is possible!
  16. 16. Communication: encourage your staff to talk to one another.
  17. 17. Problem solving: Teach them to be independent and to have the confidence to make good horticulture decisions.
  18. 18. Encourage them to ask for help when needed.
  19. 19. Honesty….always be honest about their workload and they will be honest with you.
  20. 20. Its okay to fail, that is how you learn. </li></li></ul><li>Local Supporters anyone? <br />
  21. 21. Local Support to help with Budget Relief<br />Create relationships within your community:<br />Local Garden groups<br />Plant societies<br />Local Foundations that support Horticulture <br />Local Universities / colleges with plant related degrees offered<br />Local nurseries / growers / garden centers<br />
  22. 22. The Columbus Foundation provided us with $10,000 to make additional beds and stone walls into our Trials garden<br />
  23. 23. FPC received $1500 from The Little Garden Club of Columbus for our Trials Program <br />Plant signage with Plate and Stake<br />Signage to direct our visitors and give information about the garden. <br />
  24. 24. The Daylily Society of Central Ohio has created a Daylily collection with our collaboration<br />
  25. 25. Local Universities / colleges<br />FPC Provides unpaid internships to Horticulture students from our local University<br />Great opportunity to teach “proper” Horticulture to our young leaders<br />Benefits FPC as most students do at least 25hrs of hands on work per week, most do 40!! (did I mention…at no cost?) <br />
  26. 26. Local Nurseries/ Growers and Garden Centers<br /><ul><li>Do business with few local nurseries rather than many
  27. 27. Create good relationships with your salespersons
  28. 28. Benefits that can come:
  29. 29. Growers become interested in what your mission is and are willing to help however they can
  30. 30. When clearing out their inventory they will think of your organization and most of the time will offer plants as donations
  31. 31. When in a pinch they have helped us by donating materials/ labor and space to grow on plant materials
  32. 32. Cross advertising, they tell their customers about FPC and we tell our customers about them.</li></li></ul><li>Get Creative and Get Thrifty!<br />
  33. 33. Donations<br />Get donations from Local Companies:<br />Davey Tree company and the City of Columbus donate us woodchips from trees they have removed locally. FPC then uses woodchips to build over 200 containers and to “mulch” our playground and various seating areas <br />
  34. 34. FPC just became an All American Selections Display Garden for 2010<br />
  35. 35. AAS sends us seed of past selection winners, our local nursery grows them for us …this is all budget relief for FPC <br />
  36. 36. Annual , Perennial & Veggie Trials<br />Breeders pay us to send us their plants for testing.<br />Local growers provide greenhouse space, materials and labor and grow on all of our Trial entries.<br />We ask growers to grow 15- 4”pots per variety entered, we plant the best 9 then use the remaining plants for our display beds<br />Only thing FPC is out is Labor and we get a beautiful garden with the newest varieties!<br />
  37. 37. Trial Gardens<br />Look at all the extra plants!<br />2010 Trials just planted <br />
  38. 38. Through our Trials program we have created many relationships with Breeders<br />Sakata seed used our Display beds in 2009 as their marketing location.<br />In 2010 they are donating over 3500 – 4” Sunpatiens to our Display beds<br />That is approx. $8400 In budget relief and we get some national recognition out of it<br />
  39. 39. Perennials, Perennials, Perennials!<br />
  40. 40. Volunteers….we couldn’t do it without them!!<br />
  41. 41. Mcgraw Hill volunteer group <br />

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