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Plant Collections Network

Management

STANDARD 1: Living plant collections are: maintained for optimum health, and monitored for
pests, diseases, and potential invasiveness.

STANDARD 2: High priority collections are safeguarded, documentation frequently backed up offsite, and a disaster plan provided for rapid response and triage of the collection.

Use

STANDARD 1: Reasonable access to the collections and their documentation are provided for researchers, breeders, and other professionals as well as the public, while ensuring the collection’s preservation and security.

STANDARD 2: Collection records are shared online through databases to maximize use and facilitate coordination with other collection holders.

Documentation

STANDARD 1: Thorough records are actively maintained for accessioned plants tracking what/where/how plants were obtained, their garden location, and any conditions regarding their acquisition, use, or distribution.

STANDARD 2: Durable accession tags and maps link plants in the collection to their documentation, and to any associated collections of images, herbarium vouchers, and DNA.

Scope

STANDARD 1: Plant collections reflect and support the institution’s mission, and long-range institutional plans.
 
STANDARD 2: Collections are well-defined, appropriate for the site’s growing conditions, facilities, and space, and can be realistically developed given institutional resources.
 

2017 Tree Collecting Grants Awarded

Quercus havardii collected during a 2016 funded project. (Photo courtesy Sean Hoban, The Morton Arboretum)

We are pleased to announce that four collaborative projects have been awarded funding this year through our Association’s Tree Gene Conservation Partnership with the US Forest Service. These scouting and collecting trips target the following threatened species in the wild: Quercus oglethorpensis in Mississippi and Louisiana, Quercus arkansana and Aesculus parviflora from the Coastal Plain, Ochrosia kauaiensis in Hawaii, and Quercus acerifolia endemic to four counties in Arkansas. 

2017 Tree Collecting Grants Awarded

We are pleased to announce that four collaborative projects have been awarded funding this year through our Association’s Tree Gene Conservation Partnership with the US Forest Service. These scouting and collecting trips target the following threatened species in the wild: Quercus oglethorpensis in Mississippi and Louisiana, Quercus arkansana and Aesculus parviflora from the Coastal Plain, Ochrosia kauaiensis in Hawaii, and Quercus acerifolia endemic to four counties in Arkansas. 

The American Public Gardens Association is proud to announce the launch of a Special Issue of Public Garden.

special issue

This issue focuses on plant collections and Plant Collections Network, a flagship program of the Association. Read the below introduction letter from Plant Collections Network Manager, Pam Allenstein, to learn more about the program and the Special Issue.

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North American Botanic Garden Strategy for Plant Conservation

Knowing what plant species are held in collections is important for prioritizing next steps to safeguard imperiled species. A North American assessment of plants held in collections is underway. Information from all gardens is needed to conduct a gap analysis on what’s not being conserved and prioritize actions. You will be contributing to the North American Botanic Garden Strategy for Plant Conservation.

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