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Plant Collections Toolbox

Welcome to the Plant Collections Network!

The resources on this page are designed to help you make the most of your particiaption in the Network. 

For Plant Collections Network logos and Nationally Accredited Plant Collections™ logos, click here.

For any problems, contact Pam Allenstein at pallenstein@publicgardens.org.

ELEVATOR SPEECH

The Plant Collections Network is one of the most significant networks of cultivated living plant collections on Earth. The Network stewards diverse living collections at public gardens across North America to safeguard plants and share them with the world. Known for excellence and high curation standards, we use the collections for education, demonstration, and research. Through a collaborative community, the Network also mentors garden professionals and strengthens collections by coordinating efforts. Documented collections are maintained according to professional standards by trained curators. The Network, a program of the American Public Gardens Association in cooperation with the USDA- Agricultural Research Service, currently includes over 140 Nationally Accredited Plant Collections™ at 80 gardens across the country enabling us to support education, curation, and conservation.
Developed by Plant Collections Network Committee and staff at American Public Gardens Association, September 2018

GREAT COLLECTION PROFILES

Primula Collection at Jensen-Olson Arboretum

Sarracenia Collection at Atlanta Botanical Garden

Nymphaea Collection at Longwood Gardens

TIPS FOR TURNING UP YOUR COLLECTIONS PAGE

•    Keep the description concise and tailored to your collection’s special attributes
•    Make sure the stats and contact info is up to date
•    Include a great picture. Provide 5-8 great pics and we can create a slideshow!
•    New for 2018 – add a list of your collection holdings as a PDF

EXAMPLES OF NETWORK PRESENCE ON GARDEN WEBSITES

See how your fellow Network members recognize their Nationally Accredited Plant Collections™.

Atlanta Botanical Garden (Acer multisite, Gongora, Magnolia multisite, Sarracenia, Stanhopea)
- dedicated page to the Plant Collections Network
Chicago Botanic Garden (BaptisiaGeraniumQuercus multisiteSpiraea)
- listed under "National Collections"
Dawes Arboretum (Acer multisiteAesculusHamamelisMetasequoia)
- dedicated page to the Plant Collections Network
Rogerson Clematis Collection (Clematis)
- dedicated link in main navigation, accredidation page
Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden (Heath & Heather)
- accredited collections logo with links
Polly Hill Arboretum (Stewartia)
- accredited collections logo with links
Reiman Gardens (Rosa)
- dedicated page to the Plant Collections Network

EXAMPLES OF NETWORK PRESENCE BY MEMBER GARDENS

Window Decal Interpretive Signage Newsletter
 

Jensen-Olson
Arboretum

Atlanta Botanical Garden

 

NETWORK RESOURCES IN THE ASSOCIATION LIBRARY/MEDIA CENTER

Biochar Soil Amendment FAQ
Biochar is a term used to describe charred, organic material that is applied to soils with the intent to improve soil properties. Many sources of organic matter may be used, but can impact the...
Article
7/15/19
Plant Collection's Network Acer References
A listing of 99 references related to Acer spp., thanks to the Acer multisite collection of the Plant Collection Network.
Resource
9/4/18
Student Presentations
Consisting of several 15-minute presentations, this session is devoted exclusively to having the future leaders of public horticulture share their latest research findings. Through these...
Resource
7/9/17
Urban Cemeteries as Public Gardens
Mount Auburn, Laurel Hill, and Green-Wood, all established in the 1830s in Boston, Philadelphia, and Brooklyn respectively, were the first three “rural cemeteries” in the nation. As we look to the...
Resource
7/9/17
How Do You Get There?: Digital Mapping in a Garden Setting
Institutions struggle with how to bring technology into their garden experience. With the importance of wayfinding and interpretation, an interactive map can help to share their story and ensure an...
Resource
7/9/17
From Research to Garden: How to Connect People with Landscapes
The Steppe Garden at Denver Botanic Gardens is an integral piece of a broader research agenda to build and disseminate knowledge on the plants and ecology of the world’s major steppe regions. Steppes...
Resource
7/9/17
Beautiful Gardens Begin with Healthy Soil: Soil Quality Assessment and Care as Management Tools
Beautiful gardens begin with healthy soil. The concept of soil quality is the capacity of soil to provide key functions and is measured using a variety of biological, chemical, and physical...
Resource
7/9/17
Are Barcodes Dead? Improving The Inventory of Living Plant Collections Using Optical Technology
Barcodes have been around since the 1970s and are now an essential tool in the successful running of many large organizations. Some of the advantages of using barcodes and RFID tags may be obvious,...
Resource
7/9/17
Modern Public Parks Advances the Public’s Botanical Enrichment
New urban parks are changing the public perception on garden design, emphasizing wild/natural designs of horticulture, ecological management, and sustainability. Modern public parks are hosting more...
Resource
7/9/17

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