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
Registration opens in July!
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
Registration opens in August!

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.


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.



Woody Plant Conference
July 18, 2014

Swarthmore College

Mark your calendars for the 17th annual Woody Plant Conference at Swarthmore College. This popular day-long conference focuses on great woody plants for the Mid- Atlantic states and how to use them in the landscape. The conference is co-sponsored by Morris Arboretum, Chanticleer, Longwood Gardens, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, and Tyler Arboretum. The conference is geared to landscape professionals and avid amateur gardeners.

View the event brochure here.

Click here to register.



2nd Annual NYC-area Green Industry  Intern Field Day

Who: For NYC-area interns working in the green industries 
Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 
Time: 10 am till dusk 
Place: New York Botanical Garden 
Cost:   FREE
An informative, inspiring, fun-filled & FREE day of inspiring presentations, job fair, tours, contests, and more!
More details, including registration information, can be found here:


School of Professional Horticulture
The New York Botanical Garden 

Tel: 718.817.8797
Contact: Charles M. Yurgalevitch, Ph.D., Director

If you are passionate about green spaces and plants and would like to launch a successful career in the horticulture field, then apply today to the nationally-accredited School of Professional Horticulture at The New York Botanical Garden.  The School’s world-renowned program combines studies in horticultural science with practical training with the foremost experts in the field.  The School is licensed by the N.Y State Department of Education and accredited by ACCET

Tuition: $7,000 per year.  (Financial aid is available)

Application deadline: August 1, 2014.  To apply, go to:



The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust Grants for Ornamental Horticulture

The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust invites applications for grants up to $20,000 for education and research in ornamental horticulture. Not-for-profit botanical gardens, arboreta, and other tax-exempt organizations are eligible. 
The deadline for applications is August 15, 2014.  For information about the Trust and its grants program, visit here.


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: