Professional Development Programs and Symposia


APGA Professional Section Symposia:

Historic Landscapes Symposium
Telling the Garden's Story
October 15-17, 2014  I  Wilmington, DE
Hosted by Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library
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

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.


The National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) Symposium

AGENTS OF CHANGE - Botanic Gardens in the 21st Century

October 7, 2014 at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC 

Celebrating NTBG’s 50th Anniversary, leading experts in preserving plant species, the impact of global changes on plants, changing global nutritional requirements for feeding the planet, and preserving our common cultural knowledge through Ethnobotany will share the most pressing issues and trends.

For more information:


Making Beauty Sustainable 
The Charles F. Gillette Forum

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 5:30-9pm
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 9am-4:30pm

Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Richmond, VA

The 2014 Gillette Forum considers how the principles of ecological design create a network of sustainable, ecological, and regenerative landscapes.

Over an evening and a day, the three designers of the Native Plant Garden approach the modern expression of ecological landscape design through practice, theory, and science: Sheila Brady, principal, Oehme van Sweden & Associates, architect; Travis Beck*, author of Principles of Ecological Design, Director of Horticulture for Mt. Cuba Center; and Landscape and Gardens Project Manager at NYBG during the design and construction of the garden; and Thomas Rainer, who worked on the project while at Oehme, van Sweden, and author of the blog groundeddesign. Adrian Higgins, writer and editor for The Washington Post, frames the Friday discussions.

For more information or to register, visit 

The 5th International Maple Symposium

Thursday and Friday, October 23 -24, 2014
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania,  Philadelphia

The 5th International Maple Symposium will be hosted by the Morris Arboretum and will showcase its highly regarded maple collection. Along with a lineup of internationally recognized maple experts, the symposium will feature garden tours to both public and private gardens.

To register online visit or call 215-247-5777, ext. 125. 

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:

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:

Mark your calendars for the following upcoming events!


APGA Development and Membership Section Symposium
When:  February 25-27, 2015
Where:  Sherman Library and Gardens, California




APGA Native Plants Section Symposium
Cultivating the Future of Native Plants: Conservation and Design
When:  March 18-20, 2015
Where:  Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center, Texas



APGA Volunteer Engagement Section Symposium
When:  September 23-25, 2015
Where:  Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, California