Virtual Conference


This is where you can find useful tips and helpful information regarding the Association's second-annual virtual conference! If you can't find the answer to your question here, feel free to contact us at info@publicgardens.org or 610-708-3010. 

 

When will the 2021 virtual conference take place?

The 2021 Virtual Conference will take place during the below dates and times. Please note that while the dates are firm, the below times are subject to change.


Monday, June 7 

12:00-9:00p.m. (ET) / 11:00a.m.- 8:00p.m. (CT) / 10:00a.m.- 7:00p.m. (MT) / 9:00a.m.- 6:00p.m. (PT) 


Tuesday, June 8

11:00a.m-9:00p.m. (ET) / 10:00a.m.- 8:00p.m. (CT) / 9:00a.m.- 7:00p.m. (MT) / 8:00a.m.- 6:00p.m. (PT) 


Wednesday, June 9

11:00a.m-9:00p.m. (ET) / 10:00a.m.- 8:00p.m. (CT) / 9:00a.m.- 7:00p.m. (MT) / 8:00a.m.- 6:00p.m. (PT)


Thursday, June 10

11:00a.m-6:00p.m. (ET) / 10:00a.m.- 5:00p.m. (CT) / 9:00a.m.- 4:00p.m. (MT) / 8:00a.m.- 3:00p.m. (PT)


Our full schedule is now available on the website! CLICK HERE to see the full roster of educational sessions, workshops, and special events.


 

How much will the virtual conference cost?*

Early Bird Rate: (Ends April 30)

Members: $299 (USD)

Non-Members: $399 (USD)


Regular Rate: (Starts May 1

Members: $324 (USD)

Non-Members: $424 (USD)


Late Rate: (Starts June 2)

Members: $349 (USD)

Non-Members: $449 (USD)


IMPORTANT: Due to technical logistics related to the virtual event, NO REGISTRATIONS will be accepted the week of the virtual conference (June 6-11). Those interested in purchasing access to the post-event recordings following the event will be able to do so starting Monday, June 14th.


*Presenters, Sponsors, and Exhibitors will receive a special registration code via email to use to sign up for the conference. If you do not receive this code, please reach out to info@publicgardens.org.


Need assistance attending the conference? Applications are now being accepted for our Garden Scholar Fee Waiver program. Apply by April 9th! CLICK HERE to learn more.



What does this price include?

The above pricing is per person and includes access to all virtual sessions and special events occurring over all four days of the virtual conference as well as to the post-event recordings after the fact. Workshops, however, and potentially other-add on events, will be offered at an additional cost. 


Can I buy a one day pass?  

The 2021 Virtual Conference only accommodates full registrations, and we are unable to offer one day passes. 


Can I share access details or my computer screen with others?

No. For cost and experience purposes, we ask that individual staff at our member organizations use the honor system and purchase a registration for themselves alone and avoid sharing access with fellow colleagues who have not paid to attend. We sincerely thank you for your understanding and cooperation in these efforts.

 

What if I experience technical difficulties during the virtual conference?

Don't panic! Due to the nature of virtual events, we fully expect that will be there questions and various technical issues throughout the conference. Feel free to contact us at info@publicgardens.org or 610-708-3010 if you need any assistance. If you happen to miss your session due to unsolvable technical issues, you will still have access to the recorded version.


When will I receive access to the session recordings? 

Session recordings will be available to view in the Virtual Conference portal within a week of the event. When available, simply access this portal through the upper menu and log in using your Association membership credentials. Contact info@publicgardens.org or 610-708-3010 with any questions.

 

How is the Association handling accessibility needs for the Virtual Conference?

The Association is committed to making the Virtual Conference accessible to all. All sessions and recordings will be closed captioned. While registering, you will be prompted to indicate any accessibility needs. We will follow up with you prior to the meeting to provide resources or obtain more information. If you require specific accommodation not listed here, please contact info@publicgardens.org.

 

What are the Association's refund policies for this event?

All refund or cancellation requests must be made in writing to the American Public Gardens Association.


REFUND SCHEDULE:

Before 6/6/2021: The Association will refund registration fees less a $25 processing fee. 


After 6/6/2021: There are NO REFUNDS available after the conference starts. Since all registrants will have access to recorded sessions after the conference, there will be no refunds given for technical difficulties encountered during the conference's livestreams.  


Who can I contact if I have further questions about the refund policy or payment in general?

Please direct all questions regarding payment to info@publicgardens.org or 610-708-3010.


Who can I contact if I want to become a member?

For membership information, visit our website or feel free to contact Jamie Recio, Member Development Manager, at 610.708.3014 or jrecio@publicgardens.org. (To receive the discounted rates, membership dues must be received with or prior to your registration.) 


Are there other policies the Association has regarding the Virtual Conference?

Yes! See below for our Anti-Harrassment and Attendee List Scam Policies:


Anti-Harrassment Policy

The American Public Gardens Association is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience at any and all Association events. We seek to provide a conference environment in which diverse attendees learn, network, and enjoy the company of other attendees in a professional environment. The Association does not tolerate harassment in any form. Discriminatory language, behavior, or imagery that renders discomfort in others is not appropriate. Those who violate these standards risk being immediately barred from further event participation or referred to appropriate authorities.


The Association and Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility

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. Click here to read our full policy statement.


Attendee List Scam Warning

A common occurrence that can come with large industry conferences and trade shows in recent years, is the possibility that outside companies may contact attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors, claiming to offer our attendee lists. Please be advised, that no company has our permission to distribute or sell any email lists of attendees for our events. How did they get your email address? Software programs can crawl websites in search of email addresses that are listed on them (identifiable by the "@" sign).


If you receive an email offering to sell you a list of conference attendees, DO NOT respond to it. By responding–even with a request to unsubscribe–you confirm that your email address is a valid one, which may increase the likelihood that you'll be contacted again.


Who can I contact if I have further general questions about the virtual conference?

Feel free to contact us at info@publicgardens.org or 610-708-3010 if you can't find the answer to your question here.

 

Thank you for stopping by! We look forward to seeing you (virtually) again soon.