2015 Native Plants Symposium

Cultivating the Future of Native Plants: Conservation and Design

Symposium Dates:

Wednesday-Friday, March 18-20, 2015

Host and Sessions Location:

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin, Texas

Hotel accommodations:

Holiday Inn Express, 4892 Highway 290 West, Austin


The first APGA Native Plant Gardens Symposium will take place in March at one of the leading native plant gardens on Earth, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center! This timely symposium will have a dual focus on highly relevant aspects of Conservation and Garden Design.  Two distinguished keynote speakers will present. One, an award winning, pioneering scientist will share his visionary approach to native plant conservation by botanical gardens now and for the challenging decades ahead. The second, an internationally celebrated landscape architect, will inspire innovation with his iconic portfolio of garden design with native plants.  Four panel topics – Plant Conservation, Garden Design, Defining Native, and Creating the Native Plant Market will engage any and all Public Garden professionals. An optional pre-conference field trip to see the unique flora of central Texas will be offered. If you are a horticulturist, conservation biologist, designer, educator, marketer, communications professional, administrator, or garden supporter, the Native Plant Professional Section invites you personally to join us for this unprecedented professional development opportunity.

To round out your visit, the SXSW Festival is happening the same week in Austin! Stick around for the music and strengthen your bonds with the APGA native plant community.

Registration is Now Open!

CLICK HERE to register!  (Deadline February 20, 2015)


Registration Fees

(These fees include access to all sessions, lunches, tour of Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and Wednesday reception for attendees).

APGA Member - $299

APGA Student Member - $199

Non-member - $399

*Additional fee of $35 applies for the Optional Garden Field Trips held on Wednesday, March 18.

*Guest fees apply to the reception at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on Wednesday, March 18.


Items Approved for Continuing Education Units


Lanscape Architecture Continuing Education System (LACES)

  • The Role of Botanic Gardens in Plant Conservation, Hours: 1.50
  • Native Plants in Design, Hours: 1.50
  • The Conservation Garden: a less traveled road and the difference it makes, Hours: 1.50
  • Creating the Native Plant Market, Hours: 1.50
  • Defining Native, Hours: 1.50
  • Landscape Design as Ecological Art, Hours: 1.50


Association of Professional Landscape Designers

  • Tour of private garden - .5 CEU
  • Tour of Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve – 1 CEU
  • Keynote Address with Peter White – 1 CEU
  • The Role of Botanic Gardens in Plant Conservation – 1.5 CEUs
  • Native Plants in Design – 1.5 CEUs
  • Wildflower Center Tours – 1.5 CEUs
  • Creating the Native Plant Market – 1.5 CEUs
  • Defining Native – 1.5 CEUs
  • Landscape Design as Ecological Art – 1.5 CEUs




If you know of a professional development opportunity and would like to share with the section, please email info@publicgardens.org with the organization, location & dates of educational opportunity and ay registration/contact information.