Membership

American Public Gardens Association (APGA) connects our members with a community of 600 garden institutions and corporate members representing over 10,000 garden professionals.

Why Join the Association?

APGA connects and empowers our members by fostering a professional community providing networking and comprehensive professional development resources to keep our members informed about industry trends.

The association champions our individual, institutional, and corporate members by protecting public horticulture’s future through pioneering stewardship programs that safeguard plant collections, respond to threats posed by invasive species, and address the challenges of climate change and natural resource sustainability. Through our members, we create a unified voice to advance the role of public gardens.

Snow Lantern and Heavenly Falls

INSTITUTIONAL MEMBERSHIP

We all grow™

At the American Public Gardens Association, we know what it’s like to grow in every aspect of a public garden, whether it’s plants, trees, attendance, fundraising, membership, programs, or any of the myriad other things that make up the daily life of a public garden professional.

Our vision is a world where public gardens are indispensable. Your garden – every garden – is an essential part of that vision. Joining the Association shows your commitment to strengthening the field of public horticulture and the community that our sector collectively represents.

Our mission is to Connect, Protect, and Champion public gardens, just like yours.

Connect your staff with over 10,000 garden professionals across the country – online and in person – and join hundreds of your peer gardens on the Go Public Gardens Map.

Protect your garden through the Disaster Readiness Initiative, the Sentinel Plant Network, resources in the Library and Media Center, and more.

Champion your garden through Public Garden magazine, our Annual Awards, advocacy resources, the Plant Collections Network, and more.

APGA also provides public garden funding opportunities through applications to the Urban Agriculture Resilience Program, Tree Gene Conservation Partnership, graduate student fellowships, Garden Scholar awards, and more.

Dues Structure:

• Dues are calculated on the Total Annual Operating Budget (AOB) of the institution (excluding special one-time expenses or capital projects)

➢ AOB x .0011 = Annual Dues Amount

• Institutions with an AOB of $175,000 or less = $175 Annual Dues

• Max Dues Amount = $13,000 Annual Dues

For more information about becoming a member of the American Public Gardens Association, please contact Katie Brickner, Member Development Manager.

  • Unlimited access to the online Member Directory
  • Listing on the Association’s Garden Map
  • Subscription to the Association’s e-newsletters
  • Subscription to Public Garden Magazine (3 standard, 25 max)
  • Network and share ideas via Professional Communities and online discussion groups
  • Discounts on Fine Gardening membership and online courses
  • Discounted rates on BHS Insurance garden-specific services
  • 20% discount on CFRE initial certification and recertification for fundraising professionals at gardens
  • Opportunity to join programs – Plant Collections Network, Plant Protection Program, and Climate and Sustainability Alliance – to access valuable tools, resources, and promotional materials
  • Opportunities to present at Professional Development symposia, webinars, and programs
  • Member pricing for Annual Conference and Professional Development programs
  • Free job postings in the Career Center
  • In-person networking opportunities to connect with peers
  • Opportunity to participate in and receive customized benchmarking reports – Garden Survey and Compensation and Benefits

CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP

We all grow™

At the American Public Gardens Association, we lead growth in every aspect of the public garden industry, whether it’s plants, trees, attendance, fundraising, membership, programs, or any of the myriad other things that make up the daily life of a public garden professional.

Our mission is to Connect, Protect, and Champion public gardens.

As a member of the Association, your company is committing to the growth of the public gardens industry. Together we can enhance the public horticulture sector through a partnership with nearly 600 member gardens, representing 10,000 individual staff and board members, at institutions across all 50 states and beyond.

Connect and network through online Community forums allowing your company to directly engage with APGA members and introduce them to your company’s unique services. APGA features 21 discipline-focused professional communities, including arts and exhibitions, development and membership, and design and planning.

Garden-Friendly Providers is a great way to inform our members that APGA endorses your company and its services to public gardens and is included in your corporate membership.

Conference Registration and Discounts APGA’s Annual Conference is one of the premier annual events for public garden professionals and leaders. Participation provides opportunities for learning, networking, sales, and so much more. Members receive discounts on both conference registrations and exhibit booths.

For more information about becoming a member of the American Public Gardens Association, please contact Katie Brickner, Member Development Manager.

There are three ways to join the American Public Gardens Association as a corporate member:

Corporate Gold

Corporate Gold

Corporate Gold Membership: $2000 per year

As a Corporate Gold Member, you will have the opportunity to market your business to member gardens through a variety of marketing opportunities created especially for Corporate Gold Members. By supporting the Association, you further your corporate commitment to public horticulture and the visitors that they serve. It’s easier than ever before to network and stay in touch with key decision-makers within the public garden community. This membership level supports all company staff members.

As a Corporate Gold Member, you receive:

❖ Free Member Email List, including main contacts at our 500+ member gardens (one- time use for email)

❖ Special profile feature in an edition of the monthly e-newsletter or e-blast (distribution 10,000+)

❖ Unlimited free job postings in the Association Career Center

❖ Exhibitor discount and priority location for the Annual Conference

❖ Your company listing and link on our website provider directory

❖ Subscription to the Association’s e-newsletters

❖ Your company featured in the Association’s e-newsletters (at least annually)

❖ Network & share ideas via 20+ Professional Communities

❖ Unlimited access to the online Member Directory

❖ Benchmarking Study results summary

❖ 20% off ads in Public Garden Magazine

❖ Subscription to Public Garden Magazine

❖ Member pricing for the Annual Conference and Professional Development programs

❖ Face-to-face time with members at events

❖ Unique opportunities to sponsor Professional Development programs or events

    Corporate Plus

    Corporate Plus Membership: $800 per year

    As a Corporate Plus Member, you will have the opportunity to market your business to member gardens through a variety of marketing opportunities created especially for Corporate Plus Members. By supporting the Association, you further your corporate commitment to public horticulture and the visitors that they serve. It’s easier than ever before to network and stay in touch with key decision-makers within the public garden community. This membership level provides member benefits for three members of your staff.

    Membership Details

    As a Corporate Plus Member, you receive:

    ❖ Special profile feature in an edition of the monthly e-newsletter or e-blast (distribution 10,000+)

    ❖ Three complimentary job postings in the Association Career Center

    ❖ Your company listing and link on our website provider directory

    ❖ Subscription to the Association’s monthly e-newsletters

    ❖ Your company featured in the Association’s monthly e-newsletters (at least annually)

    ❖ Network & share ideas via Professional Communities

    ❖ Unlimited access to the online Member Directory

    ❖ Benchmarking Study results summary

    ❖ 15% off ads in Public Garden Magazine

    ❖ Subscription to Public Garden Magazine

    ❖ Member pricing for the Annual Conference and Professional Development programs

    ❖ Face-to-face time with members at events

    ❖ Unique opportunities to sponsor Professional Development programs or events

      Corporate Associate

      Corporate Associate Membership: $400 per year

      As a Corporate Associate Member, you will have access to more than 500 public garden organizations and over 10,000 individual members who represent botanical gardens, arboreta, nature centers, display gardens, museums, zoos, and colleges & universities. This membership level is for a single individual.

      As a Corporate Associate Member, you receive:

      ❖ Your company listing and link on our website provider directory

      ❖ Network & share ideas via 20+ Professional Communities

      ❖ Unlimited access to the online Member Directory

      ❖ Benchmarking Study results summary

      ❖ 10% off ads in Public Garden Magazine

      ❖ Subscription to Public Garden Magazine

      ❖ Member pricing for the Annual Conference and Professional Development programs

      ❖ Subscription to the Association’s monthly e-newsletters

      ❖ Face-to-face time with members at events

      ❖ Unique opportunities to sponsor Professional Development programs or events

        INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP

        For those not currently affiliated with a member garden, we offer individual membership options. Whether you are:

        • Interested in entering the field or at the start of your public garden career,
        • Transitioning between public garden jobs, or
        • Capping off a career in the industry, individual membership will give you access to essential resources and provide valuable networking opportunities.

        Please note: If you work at an organization that is an Institutional Member, you can access all included member benefits once you are added to your organization’s staff roster.

        For more information about becoming a member of the American Public Gardens Association, please contact Katie Brickner, Member Development Manager.

        • Association Health Care Program – concierge service to our members in need of Individual, Family, and Business/Employee health insurance coverage options.
        • Garden Benchmarking Study results in summary form
        • Network with 9,000+ public garden professionals at more than 600 gardens
        • Subscription to Public Garden magazine (Entry-Level receives only digital version)
        • Subscription to the Association’s e-newsletters
        • Member pricing for the Annual Conference and Professional Development programs
        • Opportunities to present at Professional Development symposia, webinars, or programs
        • Unlimited access to 21 discipline-focused Professional Communities
        • Unlimited access to the online Member Directory
        • Access to thousands of resources in the Library & Media Center
        Carrie Rebora Barratt at LongHouse. Barratt is also a board member for the American Public Gardens Association. (Photo credit by Dana Shaw)

        Non-Affiliated Individual

        Non-Affiliated Individual Membership: $150

        If your garden isn’t a member of APGA and you would like to connect with public horticulture professionals around the country, join the Association as an Individual Member.

        San Diego Botanic Garden

        Retired Garden Individual

        Retired Garden Membership: $75

        This membership is perfect for the individual who has retired from their role in the public garden industry and wants to stay connected to the field. A Retired Professional membership provides all the benefits of an Individual membership at a reduced rate.