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.

  • 2024 Purposeful Plant Collections in a Changing World

    Tuesday October 8, 2024

    From innovations in plant records technology and mapping to shifts in our natural and social environments, the world around us [...]

  • Open House: Brooklyn Greenway Initiative

    Friday September 27, 2024

    The Naval Cemetery Landscape is unique as a cemetery and pollinator habitat, and also as a landscape built, maintained and [...]

  • Resume Review Debrief

    Monday June 17, 2024

    Presented by: the Emerging Professionals Community Learn from those who participated in the resume review process. Speaker information coming soon! [...]

  • 2024 Education Community Symposium: Education Elevated

    Monday August 19, 2024

    Join us at Red Butte Gardens in Salt Lake City, UT from August 19-21! As educators, we facilitate deep and [...]


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.