JUNE 25 - JULY 9 2020


Welcome to the Association's 2020 Virtual Conference!

On April 7 of this year, the Association announced that it had officially cancelled the in-person 2020 Annual Conference in Portland, Oregon. This decision was reached after a great deal of discussion and thought with the Portland partners and community, and was made to protect the safety of members, staff, hosts, and all involved given the uncertain circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The Association also announced that it had made new arrangements to hold a virtual conference in its place, and plans to host another in-person event in Portland at a future date. We love you Portland!


Virtual Annual Conference: Recrafting Gardens for a Changed World  

June 25, June 30, July 2, July 7, July 9 

Specific times and event information (such as sessions, speakers, and descriptions) can be found on the full schedule page here! Please note that all of the times on our website listing are in Eastern time.

The cost for Association Members to attend is $125 (USD) and $175 (USD) for Non-Members. This pricing is per person and includes access to all virtual sessions and presentations ocurring over all five days of the virtual conference as well as to the recorded sessions after the fact.

This exciting new program includes:
  1. An entire day for free, just for Association Members! Join us June 25th to kick-off our very first virtual conference. (Please note that registration for this free day is now closed).
  2. 28 concurrent sessions representing all tracks with relevant, newly updated content 
  3. Three distinguished Plenary Speakers 
  4. Five completely new sessions on timely solutions for navigating our changed world
  5. Special Sessions on funding opportunities available for gardens now 
  6. Opportunities to engage with fellow attendees on virtual discussion platforms and social media 
  7. Exciting new channels for our Poster and Rapid-Fire Presentations 
  8. CFRE and ISA Continuing Education Credits available 
  9. And more!
Virtual Conference Accessibility

The Association is committed to making the Virtual Conference accessible to all. All sessions and recordings will be closed captioned. 

While registering, you will be prompted to indicate any accessibility needs. We will follow up with you prior to the meeting to provide resources or obtain more information. If you require specific accommodation not listed here, please contact

Anti-Harrassment Policy

The American Public Gardens Association is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience at Association events. We seek to provide a conference environment in which diverse attendees learn, network, and enjoy the company of other attendees in a professional environment. The Association does not tolerate harassment in any form. Discriminatory language, behavior, or imagery that renders discomfort in others is not appropriate. Those who violate these standards risk being immediately barred from further event participation or referred to appropriate authorities.

The Association and Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility

Attendee List Scam Warning

A common occurrence that can come with large industry conferences and trade shows in recent years, is the possibility that outside companies may contact attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors, claiming to offer our attendee lists. Please be advised, that no company has our permission to distribute or sell any email lists of attendees for our events. How did they get your email address? Software programs can crawl websites in search of email addresses that are listed on them (identifiable by the “@” sign). 

If you receive an email offering to sell you a list of conference attendees, DO NOT respond to it. By responding–even with a request to unsubscribe–you confirm that your email address is a valid one, which may increase the likelihood that you’ll be contacted again. 

Have more questions for us? 

Visit our FAQ page for useful tips and helpful information regarding the Association's first-ever virtual conference! Feel free to also contact us at or 610-708-3010 if you can't find the answer to your question.