Developed for staff, board members and volunteers from public gardens

Saturday, 24 February 2018, 9:30am-5:00pm
Registration opens at 9:00am


Workshop presentation:

Virginia (Ginny) D. Lang of Lang Consulting will be leading the discussion on how to strengthen your organization’s board. She has worked in the corporate sector and the nonprofit community for about 30 years. She specializes in training and development for nonprofit organizations and their board members. She helps them develop skills in communication, fundraising, outreach, staff and board development, and volunteer management. She has worked as a trainer with the Washington Nonprofits Training Institute and served on the Steering Committee for the Whatcom Council of Nonprofits among other things.

Ginny Lang will focus on three important processes which will strengthen your organization’s ability to realize its mission. Board responsibility is the first topic to be addresses and this includes discussion of both collective and individual responsibility of board members for an organization to its community, and to the state and federal government. Secondly, Lang will lead a discussion on board composition and development. She will address how your organi-zation can recruit, develop, and thank its board members. Lastly Lang will address how to engage the board in an important board responsibility, fundraising. After each of these presentations, there will be group discussions by workshop attendees of the practices of their organizations which practices work and do not work well for them.

In the afternoon, following the workshop there will a docent led tour of the Dunn Gardens.



Registration is $75.00 for participants from gardens that are members of the Garden Conservancy Northwest Network or individual members of the Garden Conservancy; $90.00 for all others. Download the 2018 Spring registration form (272 kb) to register.

Registration fee includes the Saturday workshop, refreshments, lunch, and a tour of the Dunn Gardens. If you have any questions about registration or about your garden joining the GCNN, please contact Tanya DeMarsh-Dodson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please send in your registrations at the latest, by Friday 16th of February if possible.
Thank you.


Invitation to the Steering Committee Meeting:

There will be a meeting of the GCNN Steering Committee on Friday, February 23rd. The meeting location has not been finalized but it will be near the workshop venue. The meeting will start at 4:00PM and run to about 6:00PM. We'll spend the time discussing the GCNN, fu-ture workshops and generating ideas for networking possibilities among our members.

All participants are invited to join us for this thought-provoking and fun discussion. Refresh-ments served. Please contact Ben Streissguth This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.


After the workshop dinner gathering?

If you are interested in joining together for dinner after the spring workshop ends at a local restaurant, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so we can make the appropriate arrangements.



Dunn Gardens
13533 Northshire Road
Seattle, WA 98177


Directions to the workshop location:

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Driving From I-5 north or south:

Take Exit 175 - NE 145th Street (2 exits north of Northgate)
Go WEST on NE 145th (if you are coming from the south, turn left; if from the north, turn right); continue across Highway 99 /Aurora Ave and Greenwood Ave N, then you will see the Seattle Golf Course on your right; continue on 145th until you get to a stop sign at 3rd Ave NW
Turn LEFT on 3rd Ave NW drive south on 3rd Ave NW about 1/4th of a mile
Turn RIGHT on NW 137th drive west about one long block
Turn LEFT on Northshire Rd NW, which is the second street on the left
Turn RIGHT into the Dunn Gardens driveway through an open white gate between two red brick pillars. Go past three houses on right, then turn RIGHT into our en-trance marked by two brick pillars with an open white gate
Keep LEFT at the first fork, following the small green signs, LEFT at the second fork, then take the next RIGHT which loops in front of our grey two-story cottage.
Drive past the front door and garage and take a LEFT into the parking lot.

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Lodging near the Dunn Gardens:

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Last update: 18 February, 2018