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Crafting Gardens for a Changing World

What better place to talk about crafting gardens for a changing world than Portland?

Portland is no longer the "Stumptown" it once was. The timber industry, which helped build the state, has evolved and now sustainability and a reverence for nature are fundamental to the region. This conference's theme speaks both to the pressing realities of our changing climate and to the social and demographic changes impacting Public Gardens today. 

What makes Portland, Oregon so special? Some will tell you it's the indie music and arts scene. Others can't get over the city's amazing food and drinks. We're obviously partial to the trees, fresh air, and proximity to the mountains, rivers, and ocean. But maybe it's the hand-crafted pioneer mentality that pervades it all? Set against the backdrop of majestic Mount Hood, Portland combines a sophisticated, cosmopolitan atmosphere with a refreshingly friendly, small-town warmth. Located in a state that's 48% forests and celebrated for its proximity to natural wonders like the Columbia River Gorge, Portland's metro area is pretty scenic in its own right. The city has 37,000 acres of green space, including many world-class public gardens, nearly 300 public parks, and 166 miles of trails.

Hosted by: Portland Japanese Garden

Conference PartnersHoyt Arboretum, International Rose Test Garden, Lan Su Chinese Garden, Leach Botanical Garden, Lord & Schryver Conservancy, Oregon Garden Foundation, The Oregon Zoo, Peninsula Park Rose Garden, Pittock Mansion, Rogerson Clematis Collection

2020 Call For Sessions Now Closed

Thank you to everyone who submitted an abstract! Accepted sessions will be notified by late December. Our call will open again for poster, student oral, and rapid-fire presentations in January 2020.

CLICK HERE to view our Call for Sessions brochure for full details about this event.

2020 Promotional Opportunities

Promote your business with the American Public Gardens Association! Strengthen relationships and grow your business through sponsor, exhibitor, and advertising partnerships at the 2020 Annual Conference. This is THE networking event for the industry's senior leaders and decision makers who set fiscal, organizational, and brand standards for public gardens everywhere. Our conference markets to more than 9,000 public garden professionals located across North America – representing all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Canada, Mexico and 12 other countries.

The event is expected to draw over 900 attendees representing the Association's 600+ member institutions. Member gardens and organizations welcome, educate, and influence over 100 million visitors each year, and have the purchasing power of over $750 million (US) in their operating budgets.

Join us June 22-26, 2020 in Portland, Oregon and visit this hand-crafted paradise situated in the greenest corner of the country. Don't miss the opportunity to inspire, and be inspired!

View/download the 2020 Promotions Brochure for full details and opportunities.


All questions regarding Exhibit Hall, Program Book Advertising, and Sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Director, External Relations, Joan Thomas at 610.708.3014 or

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Portland, Oregon