American Public Gardens Association
2020 Conference
Portland, Oregon June 22-26, 2020

Call for Presentations

Presentation Submissions Deadline: March 17, 2020, 3:00 p.m. PT


Presentation Formats


Student Oral Presentation

The Student Research Presentation Session is devoted exclusively to research findings presented by undergraduate and/or graduate students and is intended to encourage discussion and facilitate the exchange of current, research-based information pertaining to public horticulture. It also provides an opportunity for students at universities and public horticulture institutions to gain public speaking experience in a professional environment, and presents a forum in which existing professionals may meet their rising peers.

TO SUBMIT:  LOGIN to the Association Website and then submit your abstract here (you can also click the notification on the Member Dashboard).


Rapid-Fire Presentation (15 slides in 5 minutes)

You’ll need to think outside of the box to fit your story into this small presentation package! The Rapid-Fire Presentations consist of 15 slides delivered in 5 minutes. All proposals for a rapid-fire presentation must utilize the conference theme of “Crafting Gardens for a Changing World" and highlight stories of a project or collaboration that exceeded expectations.

Please note that the Association reserves the right to compile all accepted proposals into special session format of 15 slides timed at 20 seconds per slide.

TO SUBMIT:  LOGIN to the Association Website and then submit your abstract here (you can also click the notification on the Member Dashboard).


Poster Presentation

Displayed during Exhibit Hall hours and a reception at the conference, posters showcase a single program or research project in a graphic format using photographs, diagrams, plans, or charts with limited text printed on high-quality paper, fabric, or vinyl. Presenters have a designated time to discuss their projects, answer questions, and are an excellent way to introduce the latest ideas, concepts, and programs to a new audience.

TO SUBMIT:  LOGIN to the Association Website and then submit your abstract here (you can also click the notification on the Member Dashboard).


Who Should Submit?

Presentation authors must be public horticulture professionals, volunteers, or trustees and be non-corporate members of the Association. Individuals who provide commercial services and goods to gardens may not serve as moderators, but they are encouraged to collaborate with others to submit session ideas and may participate as presenters. Anyone with an interest in public horticulture from disciplines or organizations outside public horticulture are strongly encouraged to participate. There are no minimum educational requirements.


Corporate/Sponsor Presentation Opportunities

The 2020 Annual Conference will feature a variety of inviting sponsorship and promotional opportunities to choose from. Corporate Members interested in sponsorship opportunities should not submit abstracts, but should contact Director, External Relations, Joan Thomas, at


Timeslot Policy

The American Public Gardens Association will determine the specific days and timeslots for sessions.

Your submitted proposal automatically confirms your availability for any session block during June 22–26, 2020, the dates of the Annual Conference. If you already have a known time conflict, please note it in your submission.


Presenter Reimbursement/Financial Assistance for Speakers

The majority of our speakers come from within public horticulture and from our membership. While we deeply value their contributions of expertise, the Association simply does not have the financial resources to provide travel or registration reimbursement for all of our conference or symposia presenters.

Association Members may consider a scholarship to help offset their travel and registration costs. Those interested should review the criteria for application and then apply via the Association’s Garden Scholars Program in the appropriate cycle. Scholarships are open by application to all Association Members. Recipients range from early-entry or student to career professionals based on the type of scholarship offered.

All presenters are eligible for the Member discount, whether registering before or after the early-bird deadline.


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