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




The 2019 theme, Thrive Together, Diversity Grows Gardens celebrates the impact our industry has in the world and provides public gardens with the tools 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.

Learn more about the Association's commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility here.




Conference Location & Hotel

What better place to celebrate the importance of diversity than our nation’s capital? From its founding, Washington was planned to be a beautiful city that would symbolize the ideals of democracy. Those ideals are evident today in the gardens that beautify and enrich the region. Featuring the National Mall—the symbolic heart of the nation—monumental landscapes, lush institutional grounds, grand national parks, and a range of beautiful public and private gardens, Washington’s horticultural environment mirrors the exceptional diversity that characterizes this great capital city.

Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert St. NW
Washington, DC 20008



All refund or cancellation requests must be made in writing to the American Public Gardens Association. Refund schedule:

3/1/19-4/17/19: The Association will refund registration fees less a $125 processing fee
4/17/19-5/27/19: The Association will refund 50% of registration fees.
After 5/27/19: There are NO REFUNDS for cancellations, no-shows, or unused function tickets, including illness-related.

PLEASE NOTE: Cancellation policies and fees do not pertain to the optional tours and workshops, which may be cancelled for a full refund up until May 27, 2019. No refunds for these events will be given after 5/28/19. Please direct all questions regarding payment to Kate Tyrawski, Associate Director of Operations, at 610.708.3012 or

View our full list of Registration Policies here.




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.



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.


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