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Why Join the Association?

2020 Garden Excellence Award Winner - Portland Japanese GardenMembership with the American Public Gardens Association brings a wealth of good things to all member levels, from student to institutional and corporate members.

The Association serves over 600 member institutions representing over 10,000 garden professionals in 14 countries.

We connect and empower individual members by fostering a nurturing professional community that networks and provides comprehensive professional development resources and updates on career opportunities and trends. We serve institutional and corporate members by protecting and championing 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, improving quality of life for all.

Member Types

Member Benefits

CAREER CENTER: Take advantage of the best public garden jobs list available.

DISCOUNTS AND BENEFITS: Promote your garden during Go Public Garden Days, receive member discounts and benefits from our affinity partners, access our vast resource library and use powerful tools such as Benchmarking, our Sustainability Index and Disaster Readiness resources.

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY: Connect to other members through our comprehensive, interactive online membership directory.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Attend our weeklong Annual Conference, one of our many professional development symposia, or webinars.

PROFESSIONAL COMMUNITIES: Connect with our network of public garden professionals spanning 18 areas of interest, from education to historic gardens, and native plants.

PROFILE PAGE: Create your own personal profile page. Post a photo, change your contact information, and update your interests online!

NEWS & PUBLICATIONS: Enjoy quarterly issues of Public Garden magazine, monthly e-Newsletters, and the latest Association research studies, spanning everything from industry trends to conservation and climate change & sustainability.

Member Programs

PLANT COLLECTIONS NETWORK: Preserve your plant collections through our flagship consortium for plants collections specialists. The Plant Collections Network program provides information about collections already in the program as well as steps for Plant Collections Network submission.

PLANT PROTECTION PROGRAM: This umbrella program embodies the Sentinel Plant Network and Plant Heroes programs.

SENTINEL PLANT NETWORK: Help take action towards pest and pathogen detection! The Sentinel Plant Network contributes to plant conservation by engaging public garden professionals, volunteers, and visitors in the detection and diagnosis of high consequence pests and pathogens.

CLIMATE & SUSTAINABILITY ALLIANCE: This emerging program will offer a portal of resources for public garden professionals—from operational sustainability and benchmarking tools to educational curricula and resources for communicating and mitigating climate change impacts on plants and the ecosystems we all depend upon.


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