Founded in 1940 as the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta, the American Public Gardens Association adopted its new name in 2006. Over the last seven decades, it has emerged as the premiere association for public gardens in North America.
Today, the Association's 500+ member institutions are located throughout the United States, the District of Columbia, Canada, and seven other countries. The Association's individual members live in every state, the District of Columbia, Canada, and 24 other countries.
Our vision is “A World Where Public Gardens Are Indispensable” as they provide botanic, conservation, community, education, and economic resources to their community.
We committed to increasing the knowledge of public garden professionals throughout North America—through information sharing, professional development, networking, public awareness, and research—so that they have the tools to effectively serve visitors and members.