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Council of Communities

The Association's Council of Communities consists of the Chairs and Vice-Chairs of the Association's Professional Communities and their Staff Liaisons.

Awards Committee


Plant Collections Network Committee


Diversity and Inclusion Committee

The American Public Gardens Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee is dedicated to finding, evaluating and creating diversity resources for the Association through an equitable, diverse, accessible, and inclusive culture where the contributions of all community members are valued, respected and appreciated.  The Committee seeks to encourage and support the Association and member gardens in creating this same culture within their own institutions by consistently re-examining our professional values, modify our existing practices and remove barriers to being diverse and inclusive. Annual projects focus on the development and implementation of resources, effective practices, and methodologies so that we may have lasting collective impact on our shared vision for the future. To find definitions and learn more about best practices visit the Employee Development, Diversity, & Inclusion Attribute of the Public Gardens Sustainability Index or search our Library & Media Center.

Click here to nominate a colleague or yourself for a volunteer position on Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  

Program Selection Committee

The goal of the Program Selection Committee is to create an engaging, relevant, timely, and quality program for the American Public Gardens Association Annual Conference each year. It consistently achieves this outcome by soliciting, reviewing, and supporting the program submissions made by the Association’s membership. 
Program Selection Committee members come from varied backgrounds, experiences, and roles within public gardens. As leaders, they represent a diversity of regions, garden/budget sizes, and types of institution. While Committee members typically specialize in a “program track” that relates to their skills and expertise, they are chosen to represent diversity of thought expressed through presenters and sessions for the Annual Conference.

Program Selection Committee nominations are accepted on a rolling basis, with new committee members on-boarded annually in July. If you are interested in nominating yourself or a colleague, contact Sarah Beck