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Relevant, influential and pivotal programming is essential to the American Public Gardens Association’s outreach and goals.

The significance of the Association’s overall program goals can best be summarized by Association Executive Director, Casey Sclar: 

"For many years, we've provided the highest quality professional development opportunities and programming. Plant conservation, plant collections, and the role our gardens play in stewarding a crucially needed environmental awareness are central tenets to our programs. Plants solve the great problems of our time.”

The key Association programs, Plant Collections Network, Plant Protection Program, and Climate & Sustainability Alliance, address some of the most crucial needs of our times regarding plant collections and research. Learn more:

The American Public Gardens Association Plant Collections Network coordinates a continent-wide approach to plant germplasm preservation, and promotes excellence in plant collections management.


The Plant Protection Program encompasses a variety of activities and resources that engage public gardens in forest health protection and plant conservation



The American Public Gardens Association is committed to supporting member gardens as leaders in sustainability and global climate change awareness. As conservation leaders, public gardens identify and mitigate critical threats to ecosystems, particularly as it pertains to biodiversity.