Conservation, growth and sustainability are all important components for a public garden. The professional and personal development of future leaders is just as crucial for institutional success and sustainability. Mentoring is one tool that will have a positive impact on all of these facets. Participants will learn a) how to become a mentor and what the value is for them; b) how to identify and ask someone to mentor you; c) how to use mentoring in staff development and organizational planning. and d) how to decline a mentor offer. Participants will take away action steps for themselves and their organizations, reading lists and resource materials.