Plant Collections Professional Development

2014 Plant Collections Symposium
Advancing Plant Collections Management
November 5-7, 2014  I  Washington, DC
Hosted by Smithsonian Gardens, in partnership with US Botanic Garden & US National Arboretum


THANK YOU to everyone who attended the recent Plant Collections Symposium!

View the attendee list here.

2014 Symposium Presentations:

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Keynote Presentation: Turning the Museum Inside-Out: Smithsonian Scale Digitization
Gunter Waibel - Smithsonian Institute  (Click Here to view the project discussed in this presentation, APGA is still awaiting permission to post the actual presentation)

Session 1: Strategies for Conducting Effective Collection Audits
David Aplin - BotanicalValues - Botanic & Public Garden Management Services 
(Click Here for presentation)


Session 2: Panel Discussion:  Connecting Audiences to Collections
Jeff Downing - Mt Cuba Center
Karen Daubmann - New York Botanical Garden
Anamari Dorgan - The Morton Arboretum
Ari Novi - US Botanic Garden
(Click Here for all presentations for this session.)


Session 3: NAPCC Case Study: Benchmarking Orchid Collections
Pam Allenstein -  American Public Gardens Association  (Click Here for presentation)
Ben Dunigan - Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Garden  (Click Here for presentation)
Sarah Hedean & Julie Rotramel - Smithsonian Gardens  (Click Here for presentation)


Friday, November 7, 2014

Session 4: Corralling your Plant Collection’s Digital Assets
Brian Morgan - Alliance for Public Gardens Arc-GIS/ESRI
Stefan Lura & Joe Meny - US National Arboretum
Adrienne Allegretti & Stephen Ansari - BlueRaster
Mike O’Neal - BG-BASE
(Click Here for all presentations from this session)

Session 5: Collection Development in the Era of the CBD
Pam Allenstein -  APGA  (Click Here and Here for handouts associated with this session, Click Here for the Intro)
Chad Husby - Montgomery Botanical Center  (Click Here for presentation)
Stephanie Aktipis - US Department of State  (Click Here for presentation)
Gary Kinard - USDA-ARS National Germplasm Resources Laboratory  (Click Here for presentation)
Kevin Conrad - US National Arboretum  (Click Here for presentation)


2014 Symposium Posters:

Naming the Rarest: A Proposal for a New Category of Cultivated Plants

Rob Nicholson, Smith College Botanic Garden
Jacqueline Maasch, Smith College


Cucumbers to Curation: The Vegetable Field at Polly Hill Arboretum

Amanda Wilkins and Tom Clark, Polly Hill Arboretum

A Global Survey of Living Collections: Comparing North American Gardens with those Elsewhere

Dr. Dave Aplin, BotanicalValues, Botanic & Public Garden Management Services

Magnolia Ashei: Germplasm Conservation Efforts at the U.S. National Arboretum

Kevin Conrad, Richard Olsen
Margaret Pooler; USDA-ARS, U.S. National Arboretum

Plant Information Records System Database (PIRS)

Tony Morosco, Brooklyn Botanic Garden & Botanical Technologies

BGCI’s PlantSearch database: The World’s Living Botanical Collections at Your Fingertips

Abby Hird, Botanic Gardens Conservation International - US

Botanical Assets Protection Plan

Linda Post, San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Cary Sharp, San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Finishing the Footsteps of Theseus: A Curatorial Tale of Ethnobotany, Natural History and Greek Mythology

Allyson Ayalon, UC Davis Center for Plant Diversity
Ellen Dean, UC Davis Center for Plant Diversity
Louis Grivetti, Department of Nutrition, UC Davis

Grass Collection Applied Research at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Mary Hockenberry Meyer
David L. Stevenson, MN Landscape Arboretum

Paperbark Maple (Acer griseum) Conservation Project

Anthony S. Aiello, Morris Arboretum of the University of PA
Kris Bachtell, The Morton Arboretum

The Member-Grower Evaluation Network (M-GEN): Seed Savers Exchange’s National Network of Citizen Scientists

Tim Johnson, Seed Savers Exchange

Benchmarking CITES Plant Rescue Centers and their Impact on Collections at Public Gardens

Pam Allenstein, APGA
Felicia Chua, Longwood Graduate Program, Univ. of DE

Disaster Preparedness: Preserving and Protecting Your Living Collection

Kris Bachtell, Morton Arboretum
Sharon VanLoon & Kim Slager, Berends Hendricks Stuit Insurance.

Conservation and Collections Assessments: A New Service of BGCI-US

Abby Hird, Botanic Gardens Conservation International - US
Mary Byrne, Bioloque

Using Volunteers With iPads to Collect Phenology Data

Kristina Aguilar, Longwood Gardens
Mark Glicksman, BG-Map


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