A History of the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta, Inc.

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University of Delaware
The American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta, Inc. (AABGA) has played a significant role in the development of horticulture in the United States. It is the only organization which has continuously represented the interests of North American botanic gardens, arboreta, and their professional staffs. This thesis chronicles the history and evolution of the AABGA by tracing its development from conception to the appointment of a paid executive director-a spa~ of approximately forty years. During this time, the organization grew from a small committee to about five hundred individuals, and over one hundred institutional members. Dedication by a volunteer membership brought the Association from an informal group of like-minded people to an active professional organization. Programs and activities of the AABG A over the past four decades have reflected the common interest of these professionals in the field of public horticulture. Distinct eras in the history of the Association are identified, and the outstanding features of these eras are included in Chapter 1. The history of the Association's programs and activities is presented in Chapter II. and Chapter III summarizes the role of the AABGA. its organizational structure and functions.
History- public garden, American Public Garden Association