Meaningful conversations leading to change happen in the gray areas of conversation. We must go beyond thinking in terms of black and white and speaking only with people who agree with us. In order to engage people in topics we think are important, we must understand our assumptions and their experiences. In the field of public horticulture, we often encounter people who disagree with us about GMOs, pesticide use, and climate change. At any time engaging with those around you could lead to an uncomfortable conversation. 


K. Salisbury, Ambler Arboretum of Temple University, Ambler, Pennsylvania;, C. Meholic, University of Delaware Botanic Gardens, Newark, Delaware; E. Fite, Mt. Cuba Center, Hockessin, Delaware