Professional Development Programs and Symposia

APGA Professional Section Symposia:  

Native Plants Symposium
Cultivating the Future of Native Plants: Conservation and Design
March 18-20, 2015 I  Texas
Hosted by Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center
Event summary coming soon.

Volunteer Engagement Symposium
September 23-25, 2015  I  California
Hosted by Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Registration opens Summer 2015.

Horticulture, Greenhouses and Facilities & Green Buildings and Landscapes Symposium
October 5-7, 2015  I  Wisconsin
Hosted by Olbrich Botanical Gardens and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum

Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) 

International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens

The BGCI International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens is April 26–May 1, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. The theme is Biodiversity for a Better World: Wild Ideas Worth Sharing.


International Oak Society Conference: Save the date!

October 18-21, 2015, The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois

Registration opens March 16:

For its 20th anniversary conference, the Society returns to the Arboretum, with its world-renowned oak collection, for discussions, research reports, workshops, networking, and a seed exchange. Speakers will report on a wide range of current oak research topics such as ecology, natural history, evolution, collections curation, biodiversity and conservation, selection and propagation, and pests and diseases. A meeting of the NAPCC Oak Curatorial Group is scheduled for Sunday, October 18th.


 If you are interested in contributing to these efforts, please contact Dr. Murphy Westwood of The Morton Arboretum ( 

Grants for Ornamental Horticulture Now Available

Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust

The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust invites applications for grants up to $25,000 for projects related to education and/or research in ornamental horticulture. Not-for-profit botanical gardens, arboreta, and other tax-exempt organizations are eligible.

The deadline for applications is August 15, 2015.

For information about the Trust and its grants program, visit: Follow the instructions provided there to determine whether your organization qualifies and to find out how to receive the guidelines for proposals. –T.F. Daniel, Grants Director, Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust,