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Collection Planning Tools

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. The Network's new Collection Development Planning Guide poses a series of considerations as a starting point for assessing, planning, and goal setting for each plant collection.

Collection Planning

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.  

2018 Tree Collecting Grants Awarded

We are pleased to announce that eight collaborative projects have been awarded funding this year through our Association’s Tree Gene Conservation Partnership with the US Forest Service. Six of these scouting and collecting projects target at-risk oak species in the wild: Quercus ajoensis, Q. cedrosensis, Q georgiana, Q. sadleriana, Q. toumeyi, and Trans-Pecos oaks in Texas.  Two island endemics, Lyonothamnus floribundus subspecies floribundus on Catalina Island, and Pritchardia minor on Kauai, will also be targeted.  

Rhododendron (North American Native Azaleas)

The Connecticut College Arboretum was established in 1931 as a place to grow and display native plants at a time when exotic plants were more valued in the gardening world. The arboretum was open for the enjoyment of the public and used for teaching by the college’s botany department. The focus was to assemble only those trees, shrubs, and woody vines that are native to eastern North America which can be grown successfully in southeastern Connecticut. Our southern New England climate is well suited for native azaleas.

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