About Us

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Founded in 1940 as the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta, the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) adopted a new name in 2006. Over the last six decades, the American Public Gardens Association has emerged as the premiere association for public gardens in North America. Today, APGA's 500 member institutions are located in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Canada and fourteenother countries. The Association's individual members live in every state, the District of Columbia, Canada, and 24 other countries.

The Association is committed to increasing the knowledge of public garden professionals throughout North America and internationally through information sharing, professional development, networking, public awareness, and research so they have the tools to effectively serve visitors and members.

Mission Statement
American Public Gardens Association serves public gardens and advances them as leaders, advocates, and innovators. 

Vision Statement
A world where public gardens are indispensable.