Welcome to Association Service!

Thank you for your interest in Association Service!

Your Service to the Association helps all of our over 10,000 members develop a world where public gardens are indispensable.

Now, please complete your Service Profile.  This will pre-populate many of the general fields in the service applications. It will also help you find the appropriate opportunities and the appropriate opportunities to find you.

Then, review the Service Opportunities List and consider volunteering for the opportunities now forming.

Going forward, you will receive email alerts when we think you'll be a good fit for a new service opportunity.  Thanks again for considering Association Service. It is a meaningful contribution to your Association and public horticulture.

Service Opportunities


Groups of Association members with similar professional goals and responsibilities brought together for networking and professional development.
Elected by Members

Board appointed groups of members charged with specific duties performed throughout the year in service of Association goals & events.

Advisory groups of members assembled by Staff for specific duties and/or programs.

Officially approved by the Board of Directors

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Board of Directors

The American Public Gardens Association is committed to creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive culture where the contributions of all community members are valued, respected and appreciated.  The Association also seeks to encourage and support its members in creating this same culture within their own institutions.

Just as the gardens and landscapes we present are biologically diverse and engaging, we seek to consistently re-examine our professional values, modify our existing practices and remove barriers to being diverse and inclusive.

Council of Communities
Association Communities promote networking among public garden professionals sharing common interests and advance the mission of the Association. Communities are discipline-focused, bringing together garden representatives for information sharing and networking opportunities.

The Association's Council of Communities consists of the Chairs and Vice-Chairs of the Association's Professional Communities and their Staff Liaisons.

Awards Committee

The Awards Committee oversees the Association's Annual Awards.

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Accessibility (IDEA) Committee

The American Public Gardens Association’s IDEA Committee is dedicated to finding, evaluating and creating diversity resources for the Association through an equitable, diverse, accessible, and inclusive culture where the contributions of all community members are valued, respected and appreciated. The Committee seeks to encourage and support the Association and member gardens in creating this same culture within their own institutions by consistently re-examining our professional values, modify our existing practices and remove barriers to being diverse and inclusive. Annual projects focus on the development and implementation of resources, effective practices, and methodologies so that we may have lasting collective impact on our shared vision for the future. To find definitions and learn more about best practices visit the Employee Development, Diversity, & Inclusion Attribute of the Public Gardens Sustainability Index or search our Library & Media Center.

Program Selection Committee

The goal of the Program Selection Committee is to create an engaging, relevant, timely, and quality program for the American Public Gardens Association Annual Conference each year. It consistently achieves this outcome by soliciting, reviewing, and supporting the program submissions made by the Association’s membership.
Program Selection Committee members come from varied backgrounds, experiences, and roles within public gardens. As leaders, they represent a diversity of regions, garden/budget sizes, and types of institution. While Committee members typically specialize in a “program track” that relates to their skills and expertise, they are chosen to represent diversity of thought expressed through presenters and sessions for the Annual Conference.

Program Selection Committee nominations are accepted on a rolling basis, with new committee members on-boarded annually in July.

Garden Scholar Committee

The Garden Scholar Committee oversees the Garden Scholar Awards to attend Association Professional Development Events.

Editorial Advisory Group

An energetic and diverse group of garden professionals who help shape the contents of Public Garden magazine.
What we do:
Meet quarterly to discuss and approve articles for each issue
Work with authors to review and edit articles corresponding to our area(s) of expertise
Bring relevant, interesting topics forward for discussion
Why you should apply:
Gain professional development experience
Meet new people and expand your public garden network
Contribute to the garden community

Go Public Gardens Advisory Group

A group of public garden professionals advising the Association on the goals and implementation of the Go Public Gardens initiative.