Professional Development Programs and Symposia

APGA Professional Section Symposia:  

Development and Membership Symposium
Building Life-long Investment in Your Garden
February 25-27, 2015  I  California
Hosted by Sherman Library and Gardens
Native Plants Symposium
Cultivating the Future of Native Plants: Conservation and Design
March 18-20, 2015 I  Texas
Hosted by Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

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


The North American Christopher Lloyd Scholarship

Applications must be submitted by 30th December 2014  (Applicants must be US citizens)

The Christopher Lloyd Scholarship for North American Gardeners was conceived in order to provide a North American gardener with a year- long, practical education in the traditional style of aesthetic gardening as practiced at two of the world’s most respected gardens, Great Dixter in East Sussex, England, and Chanticleer near Philadelphia, USA.
To apply please complete the application form and send with a CV and covering letter to: 
Catherine Haydock, Great Dixter Charitable Trust, Northiam, Rye, East Sussex, UK, 
TN31 6PH or by email to .

The 26th Annual Winter Landscape Design Conference

Evolving Strategies for Evolving Landscapes

January 8-9, 2015 

Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA (near Philadelphia)

To work with the land today means dealing with dramatic change. Factors from landscape fragmentation to accidental species introductions have made it difficult to establish resilient plant communities. Yet increased interest in ecology, landscape performance, and natural aesthetics has created a significant need to establish these landscapes successfully and consistently. This two-day conference will explore how to interact with the complex, evolving realities of today’s landscapes and those of the future.

CEUs available for landscape architects, APLD members, and horticulturists.

For a complete brochure, call 215-247-5777, ext. 125 or go to


The GCA Desert Studies Award

Student Opportunity!

The GCA Desert Studies Award, established in 2006 by the Garden Club of America to further botany, environmental science, horticulture and landscape design relating to the arid landscape, is administered at the Desert Botanical Garden (DBG). Preference will be given to applicants wishing to gain practical field experience—planning and design for sustainability, rainwater harvesting and plant management, etc. – through structured internships at public botanical gardens and arboreta.

Deadline:  January 15, 2015

More information can be found on the Desert Botanical Garden website here:

For questions, please email Kenny Zelov, Assistant Horticulture Director at DBG at:



Garden Tourism Conference 

Gardens & Tourism: Making a Difference

March 16, 17, & 18, 2015 in Toronto, Canada

Conference opening keynote speaker, Richard Benfield, author of Garden Tourism and President of the International Garden Tourism Network, will provide insights about how Gardens are making a difference in the world of Tourism. From start to finish this Conference jam-packed with “Making a Difference” presentations from Canadian, American, and International speakers will send you home informed, energized, networked, and raring to implement new strategies just in time for the 2015 garden season.


(Special registration pricing available for APGA members!)

For more details, visit or contact Carol Cowan at

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.