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American Public Gardens Association and Esri Partner to Support Collections Management at Botanical Gardens

As a part of a strategic goal to support the collection management and plant conservation by our member gardens, the American Public Gardens Association has partnered with Esri on an agreement that provides low cost GIS software to our member gardens, along with free training, books and free registration for garden staff at the Esri International User Conference—a tremendous week-long professional development opportunity for garden curators and GIS specialists, attended by more than 10,000 GIS and conservation scientists from around the world.

Thanks to the leadership of the UC Davis Arboretum and Esri staff, we are delighted to announce a simpler application process for our botanical gardens, arboreta, and zoological parks member gardens that wish to request Esri GIS software to map and manage their living collections. A brief email is now all that is required to get the process underway!

To learn more about the application process, view/download the PDF.


About Esri and Our Ongoing Partnership

Esri offers mapping and information management software to botanical gardens, arboreta, and zoological parks that wish to develop their GIS capabilities for managing botanical or horticultural information.

Our current American Public Gardens Association-Esri agreement emerged from a shared goal of developing the capacity of botanical gardens to contribute toward the conservation of plant diversity by providing those who manage ex situ collections with access to leading-edge information management and mapping tools at low cost, in order support their efforts to increase public awareness, understanding and concern for plants and their conservation by telling vivid stories and sharing knowledge via maps and other visual tools.

Whether the “story” you are telling is where the trees needing major tree service work are located, or showing visitors what the native range of a truly special wild-collected plant in your collection looks like, or simply illustrating what is in the collection and where it is, maps can be a powerful communication tool for visitors and for managers.


Additional GIS Resources

The Alliance for Public Gardens GIS is a consortium of biological collection managers and GIS professionals who are dedicated to making geographic information systems more accessible to arboreta, botanical gardens, campuses, cemeteries, display gardens, historic landscapes, natural reserves, parks, theme parks, zoos, and other managed landscapes for use in asset management, biodiversity conservation, education, and scientific research.

Since 2007, the UC Davis Arboretum has led international team to develop GIS tools and resources to help public gardens manage their collections and operations more efficiently and effectively with funding provided in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The Alliance for Public Gardens GIS is here to help you:

  • Find funding to support your GIS project through the Association-Esri partnership and the ArcGIS for Public Gardens grant program.
  • Learn how to use GIS at public gardens through our online training materials and instructor-led workshops.
  • Get started creating your GIS with the ArcGIS Public Garden Data Model and the Esri ArcGIS for Parks and Gardens solutions.
  • Find help for your GIS project through our professional network and consulting services.
  • Connect with other public garden GIS users through our social networks.

Please visit the Alliance for Public Gardens GIS website for more information.

If you are considering GIS as a possibility and hope to learn more or if you are already an advanced GIS specialist with complex software needs, get involved with The Alliance for Public Gardens GIS (APGG), a network of public garden staff dedicated to making geographic information systems easier to use for living collection management. The Alliance also hosts an active discussion group on LinkedIn  that provides peer-to-peer advice to botanical garden staff as they map and manage their beautiful, complex, and scientifically important living collections.