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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

Mt. Cuba: Implementing a Policy
This document includes a 1986 Public Garden article titled Mt. Cuba: Implementing a Policy by Claire Sawyers.
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11/4/15
How to Write a Plant Collections Policy
This document contains a 1990 Public Garden Article titled How to Write a Plant Collections Policy. 
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11/4/15
Rationale and Guidelines for Drafting Collections Management Policies
This document contains an article titled Rationale and Guidelines for Drafting Collections Management Policies.
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11/4/15
Collections Policy: The Basics
This document contains a 1986 Public Garden article titled Collections Policy: The Basics.
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11/4/15
Plant Collecting & Permits_J. Bauml_TPG 2006
This document contains an article titled Plant Collecting & Permits by James A. Bauml.
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11/4/15
Characteristics of an Exemplary Plant Collection
This document contains an article from a 2006 issue of Public Garden magazine titled Characteristics of an Exemplary Plant Collection. 
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11/4/15
Current State of Botanical Nomenclature by Gerry Moore
This is an article titled Current State of Botanical Nomenclature by Gerry Moore. Gerry Moore was the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Director of Science. 
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11/4/15
The Polly Hill Arboretum Collection Policy
The collection policy is set forth as a guideline in developing and managing the plant collections of the Polly Hill Arboretum. This policy applies to all plants that are accessioned by the...
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11/4/15
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden Living Collection Policy
The Living Collection supports the Garden’s programs in horticulture, conservation, education and research. All elements of the Living Collection have biological, horticultural, educational,...
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11/4/15
The New York Botanical Garden Collections Master Plan Introduction
This document contains the Introduction for The New York Botanical Garden Collections Master Plan. 
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11/4/15

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