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Reference Gardens

Since 2008, the American Conifer Society has been partnering with public gardens throughout the United States to recognize noteworthy conifer collections through a special designation, the ACS Reference Garden.   These gardens provide wonderful opportunities to educate the public about growing conifers, using conifers in a home landscape, and building enthusiasm about conifers and the American Conifer Society. To receive a Reference Garden designation, a garden must meet several criteria, including the number of conifers in their collection, accurate labeling of the conifers and appropriate maintenance of the conifer collection.

For more information on the ACS Reference Garden program read this excerpt from the Spring 2011 issue of Conifer QuarterlyReference Garden 101.

If you are a public garden interested in partnering with the ACS, please read the Reference Garden Program Guide.

View a map of all ACS Reference Gardens.

For information about the specific Reference Gardens located within our four regions, see:

Northeast Region Reference Gardens
Southeast Region Reference Gardens
Central Region Reference Gardens
Western Region Reference Gardens

Please direct any further questions to the regional officers, whose contact information may be found on the four regional home pages:

Northeast Region
Southeast Region
Central Region
Western Region