It has been a busy and educational summer working with TheDCH. June and July were spent conducting a document review of the organization and making site observations. August was heavily focused on internal stakeholder interviews, and external benchmarking interviews of organizations with similar missions, site sizes, and access. September saw an intimate gathering of staff, board members, community stakeholders, and TheDCH members for a Community Workshop. Key considerations included the renovation of Conaty Park next door to include a children’s playground, as well as ways to generate revenue for the new garden site.
The Fellows then compiled, synthesized, and analyzed document notes, interview data, and community workshop observations into the final report – a 60+ page document detailing the past, present, and potential future activities of the garden site. Recommendations and resources were included to help guide the identity of the garden as TheDCH grows over time.
Lastly, the Fellows were honored to present their findings to TheDCH staff, board, and membership at TheDCH Annual Meeting on October 26, sharing their observations and recommendations with the larger community. The Fellows would like to thank TheDCH staff, board, and membership, as well as the 2016 POP Advisory Committee. The 2016 Professional Outreach Project was a valuable hands-on experience in the public garden field, and the Fellows look forward to seeing the future development of the garden site!