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.
STANDARD 3: Plants within collection represent broad taxonomic and genetic diversity, with current holdings comprising a minimum of 50% of the stated collection scope.
STANDARD 4: Plants are acquired legally and ethically according to their collection’s stated purpose.
STANDARD 5: Plant species are of known wild provenance for greatest conservation value; cultivars are obtained directly or indirectly from breeder/introducer.
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.
STANDARD 3: Periodic field inventories are conducted, records and maps updated, and missing/damaged labels replaced.
STANDARD 4: Records are kept of plant evaluations, verifications of identity and nomenclature, documented use, propagation, and distributions.
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.
STANDARD 3: Plant collections are utilized throughout the institution for education engagement, evaluation, research, and/or conservation.
STANDARD 4: The institution commits to strengthening staff expertise through ongoing professional development and study of the collections.
STANDARD 5: Strategic partnerships with outside experts, relevant plant societies, and other public gardens are leveraged to maximize collection use and ensure relevance.
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.
STANDARD 3: A recently approved collections policy and development plans for each collection guide decision-making; prioritized maintenance standards and management procedures govern collections care.
STANDARD 4: Long-term institutional support is provided to maintain an active collections program with sufficient funds for acquisitions, documentation, maintenance, and professional curation.