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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.

2022 Nominations to the Board of Directors are open through November 19, 2021
https://bit.ly/APGABoard22

Manager, Plant Collections Network
Pam has led American Public Gardens Association’s flagship collections accreditation program, the Plant Collections Network, since 2000, promoting excellence in curation and continent-wide coordination in collections management. She serves as the...
Program and Member Services Coordinator
Alexis joined the Association in 2019, and serves as the Program and Member Services Coordinator. In her role, she assists members of the association with any inquiries they may have, and helps update the website and membership database....
Virtual Conference and Professional Development Assistant
Briana joined the Association in 2021 as a Virtual Conference and Professional Development Assistant. In her role she assists with organizing the annual conference and putting together professional development events for members. Briana is...
Marketing & Communications Manager
Richard A. Doran joined the American Public Gardens Association in November 2017 as Marketing and Communications Manager. In this position, Richard designs and maintains the Association’s overall marketing and communications calendar to achieve the...
Communications Assistant
Taylor recently joined the American Public Gardens Association in September 2021. She looks forward to assisting APGA's marketing and communications efforts in the public garden community. She earned a BA in film studies with a minor...
Outreach Manager
Lauren has been part of the Association team since 2016. She has a background in horticulture, with degrees in horticulture and landscape architecture from Texas A...
Program Manager
As Plant Protection Program manager, Tyler oversees the Sentinel Plant Network, Public Garden Surveys, and the Plant Heroes® youth education program. These programs engage public gardens in monitoring, detecting, and reporting significant...
Plant Protection Program Assistant
Suzanne joined the Association as a Plant Protection Program Assistant in May 2021. In her role she assists with creating outreach and education materials for our Plant Heroes® youth program. Suzanne passion for nature and the outdoors stems...
Development & Membership Assistant
Sara Helm-Wallace has volunteered for the Association in many ways and is now on staff as the Development and Membership Assistant, helping to further advance public gardens by supporting members and donors. Sara has a Master of Science in Public...
Virtual Conference and Professional Development Assistant
Bailee joined the American Public Gardens Association in March 2021 as a Virtual Conference and Professional Development Assistant. She assists with planning the annual conference and virtual professional development events. Bailee is also...
Graphic Designer
Amy joined the American Public Gardens Association in May 2019 as a graphic artist and web assistant for the Plant Heroes® youth program. Originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she earned an MA and BA in journalism and art at Temple...
Plant Protection Program Assistant
Anna joined the American Public Gardens Association in May 2021, serving as Plant Protection Program Assistant. She mainly works with the Public Garden Surveys project and Sentinel Plant Network activities. Originally from West Virginia, Anna has...
Executive Director
Casey is the Executive Director of the American Public Gardens Association. Their team connects, protects, and champions over 600 gardens and 9300 members located throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, and 24 other countries. These gardens reach over...
Creative Projects Coordinator
Caitlin Simkovich joined the American Public Gardens Association in early 2013 as its Communications and Logistics Manager. In her current position, she oversees the development and execution of large-scale creative projects including websites,...
Director, External Relations
Joan Thomas joined the American Public Gardens Association in June 2016 as Director, External Relations. She oversees all aspects of advancement, membership, and communications programs to advance public understanding, advocacy, and support for the...