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Public Garden Magazine

Public Garden, the magazine of the American Public Gardens Association, is THE magazine for professionals in the public garden industry, offering current, engaging content devoted to the world of botanic gardens, arboreta and a large variety of other horticultural institutions.

The purpose of Public Garden is to share with your public horticulture peers the successes (and failures) of your garden's activities. It is not a "publicity" vehicle to drive attendance at your garden.

Each year, Public Garden connects with more than 10,000 industry professionals through print and digital issues.  The magazine is published quarterly in May, August, November, and February.  All members of the American Public Gardens Association receive a free subscription to the magazine. Subscriptions are also available to the public for a moderate fee.

Public Garden offers a variety of opportunities to connect with American Public Gardens Association members and other industry professionals, including advertising, corporate memberships, and sponsorships. We welcome and encourage suggestions and submissions for editorial content that furthers our vision of making public gardens indispensable.

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2022 Editorial Calendar
February | May
August | November



Backbones are the main articles that make up a large portion of Public Garden editorial content. Some recur in each issue, others on a bi-annual or annual basis, depending on content received.
• Digging Deep: Case Studies -
• Horticultural How-To’s
• Small Garden, Big Impact
• Learning in the Garden
• Pushing The Boundaries
• Global View
• Multi-disciplinary/Multi-industry

Focal Points

Focal Points are feature articles covering high-profile subjects that play significant roles in the horticulture field, nationally or internationally. These editorials push the boundaries of topics introduced through our main articles (‘Backbones’).

Perennial Selections

Recurring segments make up Perennial Selections. Each is generally no more than one page and contains a high proportion of imagery. These segments include:
• Garden Professional Spotlight
• Program Spotlight
• How Does Your Garden Grow?
• Photosynthesis
• Garden Exhibits