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2021 Call For Sessions & Content

Update on 2021 Annual Conference Programming 

The American Public Gardens Association invites submissions for content intended for presentation at the 2021 Annual Conference to be held June 7-11 in Fort Worth/Dallas, TX and/or on the Association's 2021 Virtual Professional Development offerings.  

This year, the Association will be evaluating multiple channels of content delivery, including but not limited to virtual live-streaming, pre-recorded session delivery and other digital outputs. The Program Selection Committee and the Association reserve the right to determine approved content delivery methodology and will work with presenters to ensure best-quality delivery of content. 


Content Submission Opening: September 9, 2020, 5:00 p.m. ET 

Content Submission Deadline: October 28, 2020, 5:00 p.m. ET 

Presentation Formats

Individual Presentation

Structured discussions or presentations based on a single, focused topic are welcome. 

Only one author (on multi-author papers) will present at the meeting. 

60-90 Minute
Individual Presentation

A variety of formats may be used to build 60- and 90-minute sessions. You are encouraged to contact your Program Selection Committee co-chair to discuss whether interactive formats such as breakouts and debates, engaging narratives, or more formal multi-speaker panel-style presentations are the right fit for your topic. In the event of a transition to virtual formats, sessions will be reformatted.  

(Full- or Half-day) 

This is the perfect venue for experienced workshop leaders to pass on their knowledge in a targeted learning opportunity. Typically workshops have an interactive, hands-on component. 

Please note that proposals for workshops must include budget details. Workshops are expected to cover all costs through registration fees unless subsidized through a sponsorship. Typical workshop attendance is 15–30 participants. 


Whether you are new to the submission process or a veteran presenter, consider reaching out to a Program Selection Committee co-chair before you submit. 

Are you wondering if any other gardens have a program or innovation like yours? Are you looking for the right panelist to provide needed perspective for your great session idea? 

Co-chairs are experienced in a variety of public garden disciplines and are available to help members in designing and creating sessions and workshops for any track. 

These experienced professionals are available to help you, so do not hesitate to contact them to make your presentation a huge success! 

Corporate/Sponsor Presentation Opportunities 

The 2021 Annual Conference will feature a variety of inviting sponsorship and promotional  opportunities to choose from. Corporate members interested in sponsorship opportunities should not submit abstracts, but should contact Jamie Recio:


The Association is committed to making New Frontiers and all professional development content accessible for all.   

All presentations, whether in-person or in virtual formats, should consider accessibility and inclusive practices. 

Advice on preparing and Delivering Accessible and Inclusive Presentations 

For any other questions regarding accessibility and accommodations in advance of events, email 

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.