About this year's conference:

Thank you to all who joined us live and virtually for this year's Annual Conference! We enjoyed seeing you all and being able to offer such a special experience both onsite and online. Post-event recordings are currently being edited and will be available to view or purchase over the next several weeks. Information regarding access and on-demand purchasing will be forthcoming. Look for emails or check the website for updates!

At their core, gardens are gathering places, where people can get lost in the beauty and fascination of the natural world and create meaningful experiences together. This year's sessions will address the ways in which gardens harness both their individual and collective power to ignite connection, protection, and change. How the work of staff and volunteers provides respite, care, conservation, and a better understanding of all living beings, to both humans and plants alike. And lastly, to explore what new audiences, stories, and collaborations have been missing in this important work. 

The theme CommUNITY of Gardens is also perfectly reflective of our conference destination, Portland, Oregon- a beautiful “City of Gardens” at the forefront of recent social, environmental, and community issues. The CommUNITY of Gardens conference will highlight the partnerships, established and emerging, between gardens and their chosen communities for the cultivation, security, and betterment of our planet, ourselves, and our future.

Conference Location:

Hilton Portland Downtown 

This year's event will primarily take place at the Hilton Portland Downtown. A 3-minute walk from Pioneer Courthouse Square, this upscale hotel is a block from the MAX Light Rail service, providing links to Portland's main attractions, and 10 miles from Portland International Airport. 

Address: 921 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204     Phone: (503) 226-1611     Website: https://bit.ly/3aeJSbO 

We've Gone Mobile!

Using the app, both live and virtual attendees can:
  • View the full list of events, including designated times, locations, CEU's, sponsors, and other relevant information
  • Create and manage their personalized schedule
  • Connect with fellow app users
  • View and connect with sponsors and exhibitors and their representatives
  • View and connect with attendees and speaker 
  • Virtual Conference registrants using iPhones will be able to access Zoom links (please note that all times in the app are displayed in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).
To get the app:

Visit your phone’s app store, or click the appropriate button to the right, to search for and download the Dryfta app. Once downloaded, open the Dryfta app and search publicgardens” (all one word). Then tap our event and explore! 

Using the app:

Many of the features on our app can be accessed without logging in. To access other features, such as adding and removing events from your schedule, simply log in using your 2022 Conference website username (email) and password.

Need a step-by-step guide? Click here!

Android users:

iPhone users:

2022 Presenting Partner: 

USDA Forest Service

The USDA Forest Service manages over 191 million acres of National Forest Lands on behalf of the American people, but also has a responsibility to support management on all forested lands across the United States. In particular, USDA Forest Service manages for water, timber, rangeland, fire, and recreation. Collaboration with many agencies and organizations like the American Public Gardens Association and its members is essential if there is any hope of effectively managing and sustaining our forests for future generations.

Click here to learn more!

Thank You To Our 2022 Sponsors:

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Nancy Kartes

     Rough Brothers, Inc logo    


Banner image credit: Katie Moum  via Unsplash