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, Peninsula Park Rose Garden, Pittock Mansion, Rogerson Clematis Collection

2020 Call For Sessions Now Open

Join us and contribute to the American Public Gardens Association's 2020 Annual Conference!

Our online submission process is easy and allows you to compose abstracts securely and collaboratively with colleagues throughout the world.

Submit Proposals online here 

Submission Deadline: October 30, 2019, 3:00 p.m. PT

Please note:
Each individual author may only submit or be included as a presenter/author on a total of 2 abstract submissions.   

Current Accepted Presentation Formats:

30-Minute Individual Presentation, 60- or 90-Minute Presentation, Workshop (Full- or Half-day)

For corporate/sponsor presentation opportunities, please contact Member Development Manager, Jen Moszczynski: at

CLICK HERE to view our Call for Sessions brochure for full details, including submission details, track information, and Program Selection Committee members.

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Portland, Oregon