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National Public Gardens Week Partners

National Public Gardens Week Partners

The USDA Forest Service manages over 191 million acres of National Forest Lands on behalf of the American people, but also has a responsibility to support management on all forested lands across the United States. In particular, USDA Forest Service manages for water, timber, rangeland, fire, and recreation to ensure the resilience of our nation’s natural resources and the communities that depend on them.

Collaboration with many agencies and organizations like the American Public Gardens Association and its members is essential if there is any hope of effectively managing and sustaining our forests for future generations.

MobileCause is a leader in online and event fundraising software for nonprofits. The Association debuted its text-to-give platform at this past summer’s Annual Conference, raising over $10,000 in just one week for the Garden Scholars program.

As a new benefit to its members, the Association has teamed up with MobileCause to offer gardens the opportunity to “test drive” mobile fundraising in 2019 by helping gardens set up real campaigns raising real funds for their organization during the Week with the MYGARDEN campaign, using the Association’s platform. 

PlantSnap is a popular plant identification app using deep learning and artificial intelligence that enables users to quickly identify any plant they encounter (down to the species level) using their mobile device’s camera. Its geo-tagging feature has important worldwide implications for measuring and tracking environmental resilience.
During National Public Gardens Week 2019, PlantSnap and the American Public Gardens Association tested the app in pilot programs at the Denver Botanic Garden and Santa Fe Botanical Garden to help develop an enriched version of PlantSnap and PlantSnap Pro to include the plants of those public gardens in its database, for use by garden visitors onsite or anywhere they travel.