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Professional Development

The American Public Gardens Association offers a suite of engaging professional development opportunities to fit the needs and budgets of all those in its membership. Opportunities include:

Association Events – The Assoication has many face-to-face collaborative symposia that provide professionals in similar fields the opportunity to effectively network, share ideas, and discuss challenges and successes in exciting, educational settings. In addition, the Association’s popular, weeklong Annual Conference offers a wealth of tours, workshops, sessions and networking opportunities. Check out our Find Your Specialty pages to find information about an upcoming symposia or learn more about our annual conference taking place in June, 2018 in Anaheim, CA. 

Public Garden magazine– Our informative industry magazine is published quarterly and provides a wealth of information for member gardens, while also offering them engaging ways to share about their gardens and programs.

External Opportunities to Learn – The Association provides members with access to upcoming and live 1 – 4 hour webinars, online classes spanning a few months or entire semester, and workshops/events applicable to all aspects of public gardening. These opportunities to learn are valuable tools for gardens of all sizes, particularly those with fewer staff and limited budgets. Visit our Find Your Specialty pages to find the right opportunity to learn for you. If you are unable to attend or miss an upcoming external opportunity to learn, do not despair! The Association's Library and Media Center includes recorded webinars, videos, publications and documents, presentations, and more! This is a great resource for professionals in need of finding resources unique to their professional expertise. Association staff are always open to offering new, innovative professional development opportunities to members. Have an idea for your professional section? Please share it with your section liaison.