COVID-19 has dramatically altered the United States, impacting almost every aspect of every-day life including our personal, cultural and ecological connection to gardens and green spacesPanelists will share their thoughts on the pandemic’s impact on their communities and discuss how they have or haven’t benefited from spaces that traditionally provide solace, feelings of self-sufficiency, and improvements in physical and mental well-being. Join Abra Lee (horticulturist, writer, Longwood Fellow) and Katrina Lashley (program coordinator of Urban Waterways at Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum) in a discussion moderated by Cindy Brown (Manager, Collections & Education, Smithsonian Gardens). Panelistwill share stories from their past and their current professional lives to better understand how and why garden communities are formed.