Professional Sections

APGA Professional Sections exist to promote networking among public garden professionals sharing a common interest and to help advance the mission of the Association. Professional Sections are discipline-focused (Education, Plant Collections, Volunteer Management, College and University, Native Plants, etc.), and bring together garden representatives for information sharing and networking opportunities. Professional Section members share their expertise through the Association’s eNewsletter and Public Garden articles as well as presentations at the Annual Conference, and may also assist in developing and providing professional development opportunities for APGA members. Each Professional Section has its own area of the website where it provides useful information and opportunities for interaction among Professional Section members.

Not currently a member of a professional section? 

Professional sections offer members the unique opportunity to network with their peers in areas addressed by public gardens today. To join, visit and log in to your account. Scroll down and click on the Update/Edit Profile link. Choose the Communications Options and Professional Info tab at the top of your profile page. Once there, scroll down and select all of the professional sections and Sentinel Plant Network (SPN) regions you'd like to join. Once this step has been made, proceed below. 

Currently a member of one or more professional sections? 
To participate in the professional sections discussion groups and resource sharing, start by visiting and log in to your account. Once there, choose Communities from the main navigation bar, then  Professional Sections. Here you will click the links of any section(s) you would like to join for discussions and resource sharing, then scroll down to select Join This Section. Finally, you will need to verify that your name is displayed correctly, then select Join.


Arts & Exhibitions

College & University Gardens

Design and Planning

Development & Membership


Emerging Professionals

Green Buildings and Landscapes

Historic Landscapes

Horticulture, Greenhouses, and Facilities (HGF) 

International Gardens

Marketing & Communications

Native Plants

Plant Collections

Plant Conservation

Plant Nomenclature & Taxonomy

Small Gardens

Technology and Innovation Professional Section (TIPS)

Volunteer Engagement


Need help? Visit our Professional Sections Discussion Groups Frequently Asked Questions

Discussion Group Disclaimer:

The Professional Section Discussion Groups are open to all members of the American Public Gardens Assocation (APGA) to use for the purposes of networking and exchanging of ideas and best practices. At no time should these platforms be used to house or distribute inappropriate content including (but not limited to) sales oriented information, lewd, profane, or violent comments, personal attacks, aggressive behavior, and spam. APGA reserves the right to monitor these discussion groups and remove any comments deemed inappropriate based on the discretion of APGA staff only.  


For information about becoming a member of a Professional Section, email us at, or for information about joining the Association, click on Join APGA located on the left menu bar.

The APGA is committed to providing networking opportunities for all of our members. If you are interested in creating a new Professional Section, please contact Casey Sclar, Executive Director at or (610) 708-3016 to learn how.