We encourage members to advocate on behalf of their individual gardens and the collective membership of the Association. The resources below can help you increase education and cultivation efforts with key policy influencers and public officials about the value of public gardens to help encourage government and other funding sources for your garden and Association members.
American Alliance of Museums
The American Alliance of Museums works to unite the country’s museums from art museums to zoos. The Alliance helps museums tell our story and promotes a deeper understanding of museums with policymakers, the press and the public. The Alliance has many issue briefs and platforms pertinent to gardens and living museums. Learn more here.
Museums Advocacy Day
The American Alliance of Museums Advocacy Day is held each February and provides training, resources, and the experience of visiting legislators on the hill to champion museums and gardens to your legislators. American Public Gardens Association Member Gardens receive free registration for the program; needing only to support their own travel to be a part of the program. Find out more here.
Public Gardens Benchmarking Site
Our benchmarking study platform provides the facts you need to develop a compelling case to promote your garden’s value. If your garden participated, you’ll easily find where it ranks in comparison to its peers on this simple to use, yet seriously powerful platform. If they didn’t enter data, you’ll still be able to access summary results on the platform. Members of the Association can access the Benchmarking Site here.
National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture
The National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture documents, comprehensively measures, and disseminates the economic impact and benefits of consumer horticulture. Discover how plants benefit society in many ways here.
Greater Philadelphia Gardens
The more than 30 Philadelphia-area member gardens that make up America’s Garden Capital generate substantial economic benefits for the region. A new study says Greater Philadelphia Gardens supports more than 1,500 jobs in many industries, including the arts, entertainment, and recreation. Beyond creating jobs, the gardens support local businesses and increase nearby property values. The impact is significant – about $256 million per year.