The American Public Gardens Association champions and advances nearly 600 member organizations in North America and internationally. Together, we lead, advocate and innovate in the conservation and appreciation of plants.
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What is a public Garden?

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A public garden is an institution (botanical gardens, arboreta, cemeteries, zoological gardens, sculpture gardens, college and university campuses, historic homes, urban greening organizations, natural areas, and city/county/state/federal parks) that maintains collections of plants for the purposes of public education and enjoyment, in addition to research, conservation, and higher learning. It must be open to the public and the garden’s resources and accommodations must be made to all visitors. Public gardens are staffed by professionals trained in their given areas of expertise and maintain active plant records systems.

Learn how a public gardens acquires a botanic garden or arboretum status below.

Botanical Garden Status
Arboretum Status

American Public Gardens is the place to connect with local gardens, search and find gardens in America, and tap into the valuable resource of Public Garden Magazine.

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Find a Garden

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Plant Collections Showcase

Plant Collections Showcase

See the collections in the Plant Collections Network.

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Public Garden Magazine

Public Garden Magazine

Read current, engaging content devoted to the world of public gardens.

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Public gardens enhance our communities and lives. Search jobs or learn more about the Plant Heroes program.

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EVENTS

Upcoming Association Events and related Professional Development Events curated by Association staff.

  • Tips and Tricks for Keeping Your Staff and Volunteers Engaged

    Thursday March 14, 2024

    Join us for this participatory webinar to learn from public garden professionals on how to engage and inform your staff [...]

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  • How to Build a Successful Fundraising Campaign Strategy

    Wednesday March 27, 2024

    Join us for a partnered webinar with the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). This session will consist of viewing a [...]

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  • Native Plants Community Town Hall: Rooted Beauty: Rethinking Native Plants in Public Gardens

    Friday March 22, 2024

    In this Town Hall meeting, we invite you to share your stories with us – successes and failures on the [...]

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  • IDEA Cafe: Centering Indigenous Voices

    Tuesday March 12, 2024

    Welcome to part 2 of our Indigenous Inclusion series! In January’s session, we hosted presentations from various gardens/arboreta across the [...]

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I.D.E.A.

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility

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.

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