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


Call for Presentations is Now Closed

The submission period for the below opportunities has ended. Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit their abstract!

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. Learn more here.

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! Learn more here.

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. Learn more here.



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

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
Room rates: $249/night single, $269/night double

To book your hotel room, CLICK HERE.



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