The American Public Gardens Association champions and advances nearly 600 public gardens in North America and internationally. Together, we lead, advocate and innovate in the conservation and appreciation of plants.
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Learn about our individual and institutional membership options.


What is a public Garden?

Adkins Arboretum

A public garden is an institution that maintains plants for the purposes of public education and enjoyment, in addition to research, conservation, and higher learning. It must be open to the public and the garden’s resources and accommodations must be made to all visitors.

American Public Gardens is the place to connect with local gardens, search and find gardens in America, and tap into the valuable resource of Public Garden Magazine.

Find a Garden

Find a Garden

Visit our interactive Garden Map.

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Plant Collections Showcase

Plant Collections Showcase

See the collections in the Plant Collections Network.

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Public Garden Magazine

Public Garden Magazine

Read current, engaging content devoted to the world of public gardens.

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Public gardens enhance our communities and lives. Search jobs or learn more about the Plant Heroes program.

VanDusen Botanical Garden


Upcoming Association Events and related Professional Development Events curated by Association staff.

  • Resources from the Center for Plant Conservation

    Wednesday January 17, 2024

    The Center for Plant Conservation (CPC) hosts many robust and technical resources for in plant conservation. Whether an institution is [...]

  • Development and Membership Community Town Hall

    Friday December 8, 2023

    Join the Development and Membership Community for a Town Hall to discuss current topics and connect with colleagues. Agenda coming [...]

  • 2024 Garden Board Member Experience: Green Growth: Navigating the Financial Foliage & People Perils

    Thursday February 8, 2024

    It’s been said that 90% of an organization’s challenges are directly related to people or money. The 2024 Garden Board [...]

  • IDEA Cafe: Indigenous Partnerships with Gardens and Parks

    Tuesday January 9, 2024

    We're starting 2024 with an IDEA Cafe series on Indigenous Inclusion! January will be a panel discussion focused on projects [...]



Queens Botanical Garden

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility

The American Public Gardens Association is committed to creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive culture where the contributions of all community members are valued, respected and appreciated. The Association also seeks to encourage and support its members in creating this same culture within their own institutions. Just as the gardens and landscapes we present are biologically diverse and engaging, we seek to consistently re-examine our professional values, modify our existing practices and remove barriers to being diverse and inclusive.

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