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75th Anniversary

In 2015, the American Public Gardens Association celebrated 75 years as the preeminent association for public garden professionals. At this time we were reminded of the instrumental role our members played in the Association’s past, present, and future. We thanked all members that had contributed to our story, welcomed new members to help build our future, and shared fond memories, proud historical moments, and exciting progressions.


American Public Gardens Association Celebrates Video

Celebrating 75 Years and New Strategic Plan!

A huge THANK YOU to all of our members who generously submitted photography for this video project. Find them all in the video credits

The Association also wishes to thank all of our Corporate Members who voted in our online poll:
Bartlett Tree Experts, Berends Hendricks Stuit Insurance, Dean Runyan Associates, Event Network, J. Cobb Group, Lark Label, Mundus Bishop, Origami in the Garden, Plants Map, Inc., Porous Pave Inc., Retail Control Systems, Rosedale Nurseries, Inc., The Acorn Group, The Davey Tree Expert Company, Universal Services Associates, Inc., Walt Disney World Orlando, Florida.

View a digital timeline of the Association's first 75 years (pdf)
(Find it in print in Vol. 29, No. 2 issue of Public Garden)

“The First 50 Years” Interviews including Richard Lighty (pdf)
Originally appeared in the October 1990 (vol. 5, No. 4) issue of Public Garden


Feeling nostalgic?  We’d love to hear all about your favorite memories/experiences of the Association. Send these stories electronically to Communications Assistant, Hannah Daly, at or share directly on the Association Facebook page!