Professional Development Programs and Symposia


APGA Professional Section Symposia:

Small Gardens Symposium
Moving Your Garden Forward
September 17-19, 2014  I  Youngstown, OH
Hosted by Fellows Riverside Gardens
Historic Landscapes Symposium
Telling the Garden's Story
October 15-17, 2014  I  Wilmington, DE
Hosted by Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library
Plant Collections Symposium
Advancing Plant Collections Management
November 5-7, 2014  I  Washington, DC
Hosted by Smithsonian Gardens, in partnership with US Botanic Garden & US National Arboretum

Association of Fundraising ProfessionalsWebinar/Audio Conference Series

Free for all APGA members! Contact us at (610) 708-3010 or for the discount code.

View the list of webinars available through December 2014 here. - Approved for CFRE Continuing Education Credits!


Can't make it?  APGA members can access past AFP webinars for FREE at anytime. Simply click here to select the webinar you wish to view and enter the discount code during checkout.



Chanticleer Scholarship

Application materials are due July 1 and November 1, 2014

The Chanticleer Scholarship in Professional Development offers public garden professionals financial support for academic training to improve their leadership skills. Advance your organization and your own career this year.  The scholarship has two core components:

1. Support of an academic experience.
2. Support of travel to meet with leaders to build on the academic experience.

To read more about the Chanticleer Scholarship, click here.
To view current Chanticleer Scholars, click here.



Accreditation Commissioner Nominations
American Alliance of Museums (AAM)

Accreditation Commissioner nominations now being accepted by the American Alliance of Museums. Qualified individuals from all sizes and types of institutions, including zoos, aquariums and gardens are encouraged to submit a nomination (only self-nominations are accepted).
Deadline is September 14, 2014.
Learn more about the nomination process and Commissioner qualifications and responsibilities here:

Call for Abstracts:  Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) 

International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens

The BGCI International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens is April 26–May 1, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. The call for abstracts is closing on the 15th of September. The theme is Biodiversity for a Better World: Wild Ideas Worth Sharing.


10th International Conference:  Gardens Without Limits

Moselle, France
October 1 & 2, 2014  (Book Early! Early Bird Rate Available.)

The Garden As A Gateway To A Region

The new international conference “Gardens Without Limits” is about exchanging experiences, opinions, and advice from creators, managers, and consultants from gardens all over the world to answer burning questions from the industry. This year's event will explore the fundamental role gardens play in regional development; analysing how they improve local amenities and contribute to the attractiveness and overall economy of their community.

View the conference brochure here.


Register here.


Further discounts are available to APGA members:   Contact Pascal Garbe at for more information.



Mark your calendars for the following upcoming events!

Colonial Revival at the Crossroads: Colonial Revival landscapes—their significance, challenges and preservation

October 31 – November 1, 2014

Stratford Hall, Stratford, Virginia

This cultural landscape symposium will emphasize issues of Colonial Revival landscape evaluation, interpretation and management. It will feature Stratford Hall’s three-year study, in partnership with the University of Georgia-College of Environment and Design, of its Great House landscape and gardens, along with other regional Colonial Revival sites.  Call 804-493-1972 for details and costs. Register now–early bird prices are in effect until June 13, 2014.

For further details and to register, visit Stratford Hall's event calendar:



APGA Development and Membership Section Symposium
When:  February 25-27, 2015
Where:  Sherman Library and Gardens, California




APGA Native Plants Section Symposium
Cultivating the Future of Native Plants: Conservation and Design
When:  March 18-20, 2015
Where:  Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, Texas



APGA Volunteer Engagement Section Symposium
When:  September 23-25, 2015
Where:  Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, California