Collect. Cultivate. Curate.
Excellence in Plant Collections Management Symposium

October 16-18 I Vancouver, Canada
Hosted by: UBC Botanical Garden and VanDusen Botanical Garden in partnership with Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

GIS for Public Gardens: Enterprise Solutions Optional Workshop

UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson Street, Vancouver – about a 10 mins walk from the hotel
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

This half-day workshop builds on the foundation of our previous offerings to demonstrate how a geographic information system (GIS) can be employed by your entire organization. Participants will learn how to use Esri’s ArcGIS for Parks and Gardens solution to create a cloud-based GIS that works in harmony with your plant records system, and allows you to track operations and share interpretive information with visitors. You will also learn about essential GIS concepts, funding options, staffing strategies, field data collection techniques, support resources, and success stories that will inform the launch or enhancement of your landscape management mapping system.
Presenters: Brian Morgan and Joe Charap

Friday, October 19, 2018

Advanced Collection Management with IrisBG Optional Workshop

8:00 am – 11:00 am
Free – registration required

sponsored by

“The significance of a [plant] in the collection lies not in itself alone but also in the information relating to it.” Carl E. Guthe
Keeping track of a few plants can be achieved using a simple spreadsheet. However, with a larger collection, the spreadsheet approach quickly becomes cumbersome. Moreover, if you want to keep accurate records and track the constant changes in your collection and record detailed scientific information about your plant material, even a more advanced plant record system can become unwieldy and frustrating. In our workshop, we will introduce you to the basic workings of IrisBG and quickly move to more advanced topics such as changing nomenclature, recording hybrids, tracking propagation, avoiding duplicate data, reorganizing plant beds, etc. We will also try to cover any topics that are requested by the workshop delegates. During the workshop, we will demonstrate how IrisBG provides a number of unique capabilities to deal with the more complex challenges of plant collection management.

Presenters: Havard Ostgaard & Greg Payton


Technology Sponsor

Tuesday, October 16, 2018


8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join us for guided tours showcasing botanical highlights from coast to mountains. Visit renowned Stanley Park for select cultivated gardens and native old growth temperate rainforest. Next a scenic trip through mountains via the Sea to Sky Gondola, enjoying views from the suspension bridge and tours of the subalpine ecosystem. Box lunch will be provided.

This tour is limited to 30 registrants and we expect it will sell out quickly. If you are interested in the tour, we suggest you book as soon as possible.

Tour Leaders: Laura Caddy and Daniel Mosquin