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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

Benchmarking Collections Case Study, Orchids
Why Benchmark Plant Collections? Compare your collection with others Define your collection’s scope Verify what’s special, unique, common Use results to make decisions – what to keep, what to cull,...
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11/18/15
Understanding the Fundamentals: Collections Overview
What is a plant collection? Like objects in a museum, plants that are documented and labeled can be part of a public garden’s living collection. This Powerpoint presentation, by Plant Collections...
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11/18/15
AAM 2009 Curators Code of Ethics
The Curators Committee of the American Association of Museums (CurCom) first developed A Code of Ethics for Curators in 1983 and revised the document in 1996. Recognizing that museums and museum work...
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11/18/15
Collections Planning Resources
These links connect to the following collections planning resources: 1. A Method for Evaluating the Use of Living Plant Collections in Public Horticultural Institutions. Patricia Lindemann. Thesis,...
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11/5/15
Curatorial Practices for Botanical Gardens
This link connects you to a prominent plant collections procedure manual: Curatorial Practices for Botanical Gardens. Timothy C. Hohn. AltaMira Press. 2008.  
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11/5/15
Natural Disaster Planning Template
As stewards of living collections, public garden staff safeguard plants in the best interest of their organizations and audiences. There are many different threats to the safety and security of these...
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11/5/15
Denver Botanic Gardens Collections Management Plan
The purpose of this Collections Plan is to provide uniform direction to assist in the maintenance, expansion and development of its various collections. This document will be useful in identifying...
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11/4/15
Assigning Disaster Priorities to Your Collection Summary, 2010
In case of disaster, the more prepared you are for response, the better your collection will fare. In a perfect world, you would save all the plants in the collection. But this is not always possible...
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11/4/15
Botanic Gardens Conservation International Global Strategy for Plant Conservation
The Global Strategy for Plant Conservation includes five objectives and 16 targets for plant conservation to be achieved by 2020. The aim of this Guide is to introduce the objectives and targets,...
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11/4/15

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