Foreword (Peter H. Raven).
Part I Public Gardens and Their Significance.
Chapter 1 What Is a Public Garden? (Donald A. Rakow).
Chapter 2 The History and Significance of Public Gardens (Christine Flanagan).
Part II The Emerging Garden.
Chapter 3 Critical Issues in Starting a Public Garden (Robert E. Lyons).
Chapter 4 The Process of Organizing a New Public Garden (Mary Pat Matheson).
Chapter 5 Land Acquisition (Maureen Heffernan).
Chapter 6 Designing for Plants and People (Iain M. Robertson).
Part III Administrative Functions.
Chapter 7 Staffing and Personnel Management (Gerard T. Donnelly and Nancy L. Peske).
Chapter 8 Volunteer Recruitment and Management (Arlene Ferris).
Chapter 9 Budgeting and Financial Planning (Richard Piacentini and Lisa Macioce).
Chapter 10 Fund Raising and Membership Development (Patricia Rich).
Chapter 11 Earned Income Opportunities (Richard H. Daley).
Chapter 12 Facilities and Infrastructure (Eric Tschanz).
Chapter 13 Grounds Management and Security (Vincent A. Simeone).
Part IV Programmatic Functions.
Chapter 14 Public Gardens and Their Communities: The Value of Outreach (Susan Lacerte).
Chapter 15 Formal Education for Students, Teachers, and Youth at Public Gardens (Patsy Benveniste and Jennifer Schwarz-Ballard).
Chapter 16 Continuing, Professional, and Higher Education (Larry DeBuhr).
Chapter 17 Interpreting Gardens to Visitors (Kitty Connolly).
Chapter 18 Evaluation of Garden Programming and Planning (Julie Warsowe).
Chapter 19 Public Relations and Marketing Communications (Leeann Lavin and Elizabeth Randolph).
Chapter 20 Collections Management (David Michener).
Chapter 21 Research at Public Gardens (Kayri Havens).
Chapter 22 Conservation Practices at Public Gardens (Sarah Reichard).
Part V Long-Term Initiatives.
Chapter 23 A Strategic Approach to Leadership and Management (Kathleen Socolofsky and Mary Burke).
Chapter 24 Associations and Partnerships (Claire Sawyers).
Chapter 25 Facility Expansion (Brian Holley).
Chapter 26 The Shape of Gardens to Come (Paul B. Redman).
Appendix A: Factors in the Development and Management of Canadian Public Gardens (Melanie Sifton and David Galbraith).
Appendix B: The Importance of Plant Exploration Today (Paul W. Meyer).
Appendix C: Herbaria (Barbara M. Thiers).
Appendix D: Public Garden Archives (Sheila Connor).
Appendix E: The Library in a Public Garden (Rita M. Hassert).
Appendix F: Horticultural Therapy and Public Gardens (Karen L. Kennedy).