American Public Gardens Association
2019 Conference
Washington D.C June 17-21, 2019


Upcoming Presentation Opportunities

The below presentation opportunities will be open for abstract submission beginning January 3, 2019. More details about each opportunitiy will also be available around that time. The submission deadline for all three will be March 20, 2019, 3:00 p.m. ET.

Poster Presentation (4'x4')
Displayed throughout 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. Posters are an excellent way to present new ideas, concepts, and programs. 

Rapid-Fire Presentation (15 slides in 5 minutes) 
This year you are invited to submit a proposal for a rapid-fire presentation utilizing the theme of “Diversity Grows Gardens.” You’ll need to think outside of the box to fit your story into this small presentation package! 

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. 


CLICK HERE to view/download our 2019 Call for Sessions Brochure for further details about this year's conference.



The 2019 theme, Thrive Together, Diversity Grows Gardens is intended to show the impact our industry has in the world and push public gardens to be accessible and inclusive for all who work at and visit these spaces. From the valuable plant collections of the U.S. National Arboretum, to the “outdoor museums” of the Smithsonian, the pristine garden rooms at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, and the United States Botanic Garden, one of the oldest botanic gardens in North America, the 2019 host gardens will inspire and spark dynamic exchanges that celebrate diversity of thought, experience, and contributions through horticultural practices and public engagement. Join us and discover the garden oases and hidden gems that lie beyond the monuments.

Read the Association's Diversity and Inclusion Policy Statement here.




Conference Location & Hotel:

Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert St. NW
Washington, DC 20008
Room rates: $249/night single, $269/night double

IMPORTANT NOTE: Reservation blocks and the ability to book a room at the above rate(s) for our conference at this hotel will open early March 2019


Photo credits (left to right): Brookside Gardens, George Washington's Mount Vernon, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden (Tom Hennessy)