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Why Join the Association?

Membership with the American Public Gardens Association brings a wealth of good things to all member levels, from student to institutional and corporate members.

We connect and empower individual members by fostering a nurturing professional community that networks and provides comprehensive professional development resources and updates on career opportunities and trends. We serve institutional and corporate members by protecting and championing public horticulture’s future through pioneering stewardship programs that safeguard plant collections, respond to threats posed by invasive species, and address the challenges of climate change and natural resource sustainability. Through our members, we create a unified voice to advance the role of public gardens, improving quality of life for all.

Member Benefits

CAREER CENTER: Take advantage of the best public garden jobs list available.

DISCOUNTS AND BENEFITS: Promote your garden on National Public Gardens Day, get member service discounts from Blackbaud Altru, BHS Insurance, and take part in affiliate programs, such as Climate Change Awareness, and American Fundraising Professionals webinars, and more!

MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY: Connect to other members through our comprehensive, interactive online membership directory.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Attend our weeklong Annual Conference, one of our many professional development symposia, or webinars.

PROFESSIONAL SECTIONS: Connect with our network of professional sections spanning 18 areas of interest, from education to historic gardens, and native plants.

PROFILE PAGE: Create your own personal profile page. Post a photo, change your contact information, and update your interests online!

NEWS & PUBLICATIONS: Enjoy quarterly issues of Public Garden magazine, monthly e-Newsletters, and the latest Association research studies, spanning everything from industry trends to conservation and climate change & sustainability.

Member Programs

PLANT COLLECTIONS NETWORK: Preserve your plant collections through our flagship consortium for plants collections specialists. The Plant Collections Network program provides information about collections already in the program as well as steps for Plant Collections Network submission.

PLANT PROTECTION PROGRAM: This umbrella program embodies the Sentinel Plant Network and Plant Heroes programs.

SENTINEL PLANT NETWORK: Help take action towards pest and pathogen detection! The Sentinel Plant Network contributes to plant conservation by engaging public garden professionals, volunteers, and visitors in the detection and diagnosis of high consequence pests and pathogens.

CLIMATE & SUSTAINABILITY ALLIANCE: This emerging program will offer a portal of resources for public garden professionals—from operational sustainability and benchmarking tools to educational curricula and resources for communicating and mitigating climate change impacts on plants and the ecosystems we all depend upon.

Member Types

  • Institutional Garden Membership Pricing dependent on institution size
  • $1500 Corporate Gold – Promote your products and services directly to garden professionals!
  • $250 Corporate Associate – Promote your products and services to garden professionals!
  • $125 Non-Affiliated Individual Member – Designed for individuals who do not work at an Association member garden
  • $65 Retired Garden Professional; – Contact the Association to join
  • $65 Garden Volunteer – Volunteer documentation required; contact the Association to join
  • $65 Student – Student documentation required; contact the Association to join

 

For more information on American Public Gardens Association membership, please email info@publicgardens.org