Collection planning guides the development of plant acquisition and management decisions in meaningful, strategic, and measurable directions. Collection development plans are unique for each institution and should be tailored in a way that best suits the needs and goals for each specific collection.
Our Collection Development Planning Guide developed by Plant Collections Network poses a series of considerations as a starting point for assessing, planning, and goal setting for each plant collection.
Find the Planning Guide here: https://www.publicgardens.org/resources/collection-development-planning-guide
Check out these sample plans from Nationally Accredited Plant Collection Holders™:
Forsythia Collection Plan, Arnold Arboretum
Wild origin species and historic Arboretum introductions at university-based garden
Maple Collection Development Plan, US National Arboretum
Wild origin species and cultivars including Arboretum introductions at federal research garden with several locations, addition to Nationally Accredited Acer Multisite Collection™
Peirce Collection Management Plan, Longwood Gardens
Historic tree species available in 1800’s-era mid-Atlantic region including specimens planted by original Quaker owners at display gardens
Platycerium Collection Plan, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens
Comprehensive taxonomic representation of subtropical species, specimens mounted or hung, at historic estate
Stewartia Collection Development Plan, Polly Hill Arboretum
Wild origin species and cultivars including Arboretum introductions at not-for profit garden