The American Public Gardens Association champions and advances nearly 600 public gardens in North America and internationally. Together, we lead, advocate and innovate in the conservation and appreciation of plants.
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Become a member

Learn about our individual and institutional membership options.

What is a public Garden?

Adkins Arboretum

A public garden is an institution that maintains plants for the purposes of public education and enjoyment, in addition to research, conservation, and higher learning. It must be open to the public and the garden’s resources and accommodations must be made to all visitors.

American Public Gardens is the place to connect with local gardens, search and find gardens in America, and tap into the valuable resource of Public Garden Magazine.

Find a Garden

Find a Garden

Visit our interactive Garden Map.

Plant Collections Showcase

Plant Collections Showcase

See the collections in the Plant Collections Network.

Public Garden Magazine

Public Garden Magazine

Read current, engaging content devoted to the world of public gardens.

Public gardens enhance our communities and lives. Search jobs or learn more about the Plant Heroes program.

VanDusen Botanical Garden


Upcoming Association Events and related Professional Development Events curated by Association staff.

  • International Gardens Community Town Hall

    Tuesday September 10, 2024

    Presented by International Gardens Community This Town Hall is an opportunity to gather our community and celebrate the impact of [...]

  • College & University Gardens Community Town Hall

    Thursday September 5, 2024

    Presented by College & University Gardens Community Join Our Community Virtual Town Hall! Kick off the new academic year with [...]

  • Cultural Landscape Reports: Decoding the Past to Unlock the Future

    Monday August 12, 2024

    Presented by the Historic Landscapes Community What counts as a “Cultural Landscape”? How can a Cultural Landscape Report benefit your [...]

  • Healing Ukraine: Botanic Gardens in a Time of War

    Thursday July 18, 2024

    Hosted by: BGCI This timely, powerful webinar is about the critical role of Ukrainian botanic gardens during the ongoing war [...]


Queens Botanical Garden

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility

The American Public Gardens Association is committed to creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive culture where the contributions of all community members are valued, respected and appreciated. The Association also seeks to encourage and support its members in creating this same culture within their own institutions. Just as the gardens and landscapes we present are biologically diverse and engaging, we seek to consistently re-examine our professional values, modify our existing practices and remove barriers to being diverse and inclusive.