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


Open Presentation Opportunities

The below opportunities to present at the 2019 Conference are currently open for submission and review. 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. 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.


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



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.




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