Professional Development Programs and Symposia


APGA Professional Section Symposia:

Plant Collections Symposium
Advancing Plant Collections Management
November 5-7, 2014  I  Washington, DC
Hosted by Smithsonian Gardens, in partnership with US Botanic Garden & US National Arboretum
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

Association of Fundraising ProfessionalsWebinar/Audio Conference Series

Free for all APGA members! Contact us at (610) 708-3010 or for the discount code.

View the list of webinars available through December 2014 here. - Approved for CFRE Continuing Education Credits!


Can't make it?  APGA members can access past AFP webinars for FREE at anytime. Simply click here to select the webinar you wish to view and enter the discount code during checkout.



Chanticleer Scholarship

Application materials are due July 1 and November 1, 2014

The Chanticleer Scholarship in Professional Development offers public garden professionals financial support for academic training to improve their leadership skills. Advance your organization and your own career this year.  The scholarship has two core components:

1. Support of an academic experience.
2. Support of travel to meet with leaders to build on the academic experience.

To read more about the Chanticleer Scholarship, click here.
To view current Chanticleer Scholars, click here.


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.



2014 Phipps Native Plant and Sustainability Conference

Saturday, November 1st

Featuring Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy

Register online through Phipps’ website, early bird registration ends October 11th



Colonial Revival at the Crossroads: Colonial Revival Landscapes
Their significance, challenges and preservation

October 31 – November 1, 2014

Stratford Hall, Stratford, Virginia

This cultural landscape symposium will emphasize issues of Colonial Revival landscape evaluation, interpretation and management. It will feature Stratford Hall’s three-year study, in partnership with the University of Georgia-College of Environment and Design, of its Great House landscape and gardens, along with other regional Colonial Revival sites.  Call 804-493-1972 for details and costs. Register now–early bird prices are in effect until June 13, 2014.

For further details and to register, visit Stratford Hall's event calendar:

The New York Botanical Garden:  Humanities Institute

The Changing Nature of Nature in Cities

Friday, November 7, 2014 
9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  (E.T.)

This symposium will explore how human activities are impacting natural systems on a global scale through a multidisciplinary discussion featuring experts in design, restoration ecology, the humanities, and plant ecology.  
Learn more about the Humanities Institute here:
Questions? Contact the Humanities Institute Coordinator, Vanessa Sellers, at



American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Annual Meeting and Expo

November 21-24, 2014
Denver, Colorado

The largest gathering of landscape architecture professionals and students in the world!

For all the event details, visit the meeting website here: