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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

Centennial Trees: Planting Locally Sourced Native Trees for Community Conservation Education
Centennial Trees is a nine-year-old outreach program of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens that educates the community on the importance of planting locally-sourced native tree seedlings in public...
Resource
7/8/17
Bartlett Ericaceae Collection (Pieris in flower)

Bartlett Ericaceae Collection (Pieris in flower)

Two More Nationally Accredited Collections for Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories and Arboretum
Plant Collections Network is pleased to announce that Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories and Arboretum has earned National Accreditation for its Ilex and Ericaceae Collections. These collections...
Article
5/8/17
special issue
The American Public Gardens Association is proud to announce the launch of a Special Issue of Public Garden.
This issue focuses on plant collections and Plant Collections Network, a flagship program of the Association. Read the below introduction letter from Plant Collections Network Manager, Pam Allenstein...
Article
3/7/17
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
9/26/16
Ramped Up Rapid Fire!
Join your garden colleagues of small, university, and large gardens as they share their creative success stories in a lively and focused “rapid fire” session. Each presenter must tell his/her story ...
Resource
9/24/16
Conserving Biodiversity on a Rapidly Changing Planet and the Critical Role of Gardens
Earth has daunting climatic and socioeconomic challenges. Gardens wish to do their part in preserving biodiversity, but best practices are essential when working with and protecting wild populations...
Resource
9/24/16
Using Living Collections as an Unparalleled Resource for Research in Plant Conservation
Botanical gardens and their living collections have unique but underutilized resources for plant biology research. Living collections are essentially large common gardens able to advance fields of...
Resource
9/24/16
Beyond Lists & Labels: Integrating Data for Curation & Research
Digitization, integration, and optimization of collections data can pay dividends across the board from management efficiency to innovative research activity. Unfortunately, this data often remains...
Resource
9/24/16
Running a Production Nursery with a Conservation Focus in the Public Eye
To be tenable in the modern age, botanical gardens are obligated to be more than just display gardens but are called to be active parts of their community, both locally and globally. An open-...
Resource
9/24/16
Climate is Changing Collections Management
As climate change places continued pressure upon wild-plant populations, botanical gardens and arboreta become increasingly indispensable conservation agents. Not only are collection managers faced...
Resource
9/24/16

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