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Benchmarking Studies

Start Today! Garden Data | Compensation & Benefits | Conservation & Biodiversity

Contribute to the public horticulture sector's understanding of itself, improve the Association's advocacy of the industry, and gain insight into how your garden performs relative to your peers.


SHARE - enter your garden's data. Share as much as you'd like (your data is confidential and only shown in aggregate form with five or more gardens).
COMPARE - use the filtering tools to generate reports that compare your garden with peers in your region and across the country.
BE AWARE - keep up to date with industry trends based on the data provided by you and your peers!


As part of the Association's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Benchmarking data allowed us to estimate that the public horticulture industry was losing $3M per day in our government advocacy efforts. This estimate was confirmed by survey responses that showed the real number was $3.2M.

Over 121 Million people visit public gardens every year - 1 out of 6 people within a 25 mile radius visited a reporting garden

Over 80,000 acres in North America are covered by Association member gardens and arboreta.
Over 5 million visitors received education instruction at member gardens - including over 2 million schoolchildren in grades K-5.

Over 205,000 volunteers donated over 8.7 million hours to gardens.

Find out what FY2019-20 data tells us about the "Median Public Garden" here.


Start Today! Garden Data | Compensation & Benefits | Conservation & Biodiversity

Don't just take our word it,hear first-hand what garden leaders are saying about this simple to use, seriously powerful tool.

"Aggregate data tells the powerful story about public gardens... You can establish baseline potentials: what fundraising could be; what attendance should be; what staffing levels are appropriate."
- Kara Newport, CEO, Filoli Center

"Benchmarking shows not only what we're best at, but also where there's room for improvement to help the bottom line... Without Benchmarking, it's a lot more work for a lot more people."
- Stephanie Jutila, Executive Director, Toronto Botanical Garden

"Click one button and you can have your own slide deck tailored to your garden."
- Brian Vogt, CEO, Denver Botanic Gardens

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