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About Us

Mission Statement

We champion and advance public gardens as leaders, advocates, and innovators in the conservation and appreciation of plants.

Vision Statement

A world where public gardens are indispensable.

Diversity and Inclusion Policy Statement

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.

To learn more, visit the Employee Development, Diversity, & Inclusion Attribute of the Public Gardens Sustainability Index on our website here.

Who We Are

The American Public Gardens Association is the leading professional organization for the field of public horticulture. We advance the field by encouraging best practices, offering educational and networking opportunities, and advocating on behalf of our members, our programs and public gardens worldwide. We work together with our members and others to strengthen and shape public horticulture, providing the tools and support industry professionals need to better serve the public while preserving and celebrating plants creatively and sustainably.

Since 1940, we have been committed to increasing cooperation and awareness among gardens. Our members include more than 10,000 individuals at over 600 institutions, in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, and 20 countries. Our members include, but are not limited to, botanic gardens, arboreta, zoos, museums, colleges and universities, display gardens, and research facilities.

Association Service

Learn about ways you can join and lead Association Committees, Groups, and Communities here.