Professional Sections

APGA Professional Sections exist to promote networking among public garden professionals sharing a common interest and to help advance the mission of the Association. Professional Sections are discipline-focused (Education, Plant Collections, Volunteer Management, College and University, Native Plants, etc.), and bring together garden representatives for information sharing and networking opportunities. Professional Section members share their expertise through the Association’s eNewsletter and Public Garden articles as well as presentations at the Annual Conference, and may also assist in developing and providing professional development opportunities for APGA members. Each Professional Section has its own area of the website where it provides useful information and opportunities for interaction among Professional Section members.

How Do I Join a Professional Section? 

Professional sections offer members the unique opportunity to network with their peers in areas addressed by public gardens today. Only APGA members are allowed to join the APGA Professional Sections.

To join, click on the name of the section you are interested, below. To receive all section notifications, announcement and discussion group conversations, click the Follow Community button. 

Arts & Exhibitions

College & University Gardens

Design and Planning

Development & Membership


Emerging Professionals

Green Buildings and Landscapes

Historic Landscapes

Horticulture, Greenhouses, and Facilities (HGF) 

International Gardens

Marketing & Communications

Native Plants

Plant Collections

Plant Conservation

Plant Nomenclature & Taxonomy

Small Gardens

Technology and Innovation Professional Section (TIPS)

Volunteer Engagement


Need help? Visit our Professional Sections Discussion Groups Frequently Asked Questions

Discussion Group Disclaimer:

The Professional Section Discussion Groups are open to all members of the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) to use for the purposes of networking and exchanging of ideas and best practices. At no time should these platforms be used to house or distribute inappropriate content including (but not limited to) sales oriented information, unapproved job/internship listings, lewd, profane, or violent comments, personal attacks, aggressive behavior, and spam. APGA reserves the right to monitor these discussion groups and remove any comments deemed inappropriate based on the discretion of APGA staff only. 

If you would like to post a job or internship, please email the posting in a Microsoft Word format to  APGA staff ONLY will conclude if a listing is appropriate to be posted to the discussion groups. Any unauthorized listings will be removed.

For information about becoming a member of a Professional Section, email us at

For information about joining the Association, click on Join APGA located on the left menu bar.

The APGA is committed to providing networking opportunities for all of our members. If you are interested in creating a new Professional Section, please contact us at or (610) 708-3010.