American Public Gardens Association and Esri Extend Partnership to Support Public Garden Management

As a part of our strategic goal to support collections management and plant conservation, the American Public Gardens Association has extended our partnership with Esri to provide low-cost geographic information system (GIS) software and professional development resources to our member gardens. The benefits of this partnership include:

  • discounted software licensing for ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro (including ArcMap), ArcGIS Enterprise, and additional Esri products;
  • discounted registration for Esri Academy Instructor-Led and online courses;
  • free Esri Press books;
  • and complimentary registration for the annual Esri International User Conference.

To learn more about these resources and to apply, please click on the most appropriate link below:


The Partnership

Our current partnership emerged in 2012 from a collaboration between Esri, the UC Davis Arboretum & Public Garden, the Zoological Society of San Diego, and the Missouri Botanical Garden with the shared goal to increase the capacity of public gardens to conserve plant diversity through the use of geographic information systems. By providing ex situ collection and landscape managers with access to leading-edge information management tools and training resources at low-cost, we hope that it will support your efforts to increase awareness and concern for plant conservation through the sharing of rich scientific and interpretive information with your staff, researchers, and visitors.

Whether your goal is to share your collection maintenance priorities with your staff via a mobile app, accession records with researchers via the web, or the status of an endangered wild-collected plant in your collection with visitors via an interpretive app, the Esri ArcGIS software platform provides the tools to help you meet your goals.


GIS Resources

ArcGIS for Parks and Gardens

ArcGIS for Parks and Gardens solution helps put geographic information to work at arboreta, botanical gardens, campuses, cemeteries, display gardens, historical landscapes, natural reserves, parks, private estates, zoos, and other managed landscapes with maps and applications powered by the ArcGIS platform. The ArcGIS for Parks and Gardens solution helps you to:

  • organize and share your geographic information;
  • create and share production quality basemaps;
  • collect, edit, and share collection and landscape management information; and much more.

Alliance for Public Gardens GIS

The Alliance for Public Gardens GIS is a consortium of biological collection managers and GIS professionals dedicated to making geographic information systems more accessible to managed landscapes for use in asset management, biodiversity conservation, education, and scientific research. The Alliance for Public Gardens GIS can help you:

  • find funding to support your mapping project;
  • implement GIS software at your garden via our online training materials and instructor-led workshops;
  • launch your GIS with the ArcGIS for Parks and Gardens solution;
  • support your mapping project through our professional network and consulting services.
  • connect you with other public garden users through our social networks.

For additional information about our partnership with Esri, please contact (APGA) or Brian Morgan (Esri) (