Professional Development Programs and Symposia

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

Registration opens late Summer 2015.

Education Symposium

February, 2016  I  Seattle/Bellevue, WA
In partnership with Bellevue Botanical Gardens, University of Washington Center for Urban Horticulture/Washington Park Arboretum, & Bloedel Reserve

Registration opens Winter 2015.

2016 Conference - Save the Date!

June 6-10, 2016
Miami, FL

Esri GIS Symposium

"The Future of Cloud-based GIS in Public Gardens" 

July 20-22, 2015 
San Diego, CA

GIS is widely used as a tool for marketing, business intelligence, philanthropy, conservation, and education. Although hundreds of training options and technical sessions will be offered in San Diego, this APGA-Esri Symposium will be a place for high-level, big thinkers to join together to “imagineer” the future of these cloud-based and mobile tools in parks, public gardens, campuses, and educational facilities.

Learn more about new ways GIS is being used, as it moves away from desktop and servers to become a much-simpler-to-use cloud-based and mobile technology. Provide your insights and ideas to help propose and plan new GIS tools and approaches, and help us consider together how this powerful technology can help us manage our collections and fulfill our missions.

This event is FREE for APGA Members ($1500 value!)

To register you will need your Esri Customer Number and an Esri Account. If you don't know your Esri Custom-
er number, contact Angela Lee ( If you don't have an Esri account, you can create one at


View the event brochure here.

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, poster session, 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,