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Focus on Community for the 2015 APGA Annual Conference

19 August 2014

“Watering Our Roots to Grow Our Communities” is the theme of the 2015 American Public Gardens Association (APGA) conference, which will take place from the 22nd to 26th June 2015 in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota. How partnerships, collaborations and alliances can strengthen both gardens and the larger community and the models for successful cultural, conservation, and community impacts will be amongst topics explored through workshops, presentations, posters and panel discussions.

The conference is hosted by Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and Como Park Zoo & Conservatory. Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, one of USA Today’s “Top 10 Places to Smell the Flowers”, has 32 display and speciality gardens in over 1,200 acres. Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, the pride of Saint Paul, is the USA’s last free zoo in an urban area and celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2015.

The American Public Gardens Association annual conference will be an opportunity to share experiences and ideas, to network, to be inspired, to spark collaborations – a chance to come together and discuss how gardens can increase their relevance to and improve their relationship with communities.

The call for proposals is open until the 1st of October, 2014. The conference is  relevant to those with an interest in public horticulture; whether professionals from botanic gardens, arboreta, cemeteries, zoos, university campuses or individual volunteers, students or corporate members. APGA are interested in presenters from organisations and disciplines outside of public horticulture – the organisers are looking for proposals with a focus on ‘how-tos’ and ‘whys’ relevant to the theme, which can be applied by the conference’s diverse audience.

For more information and to submit your proposal visit the website.

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