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Core Collections: Focusing and Prioritizing the Living Collections

Public gardens designate Core Collections to focus efforts and achieve excellence among a manageable set of defined plant groups. These “strong suits” help define a garden’s identity and contribute directly to its mission. Their designation formally acknowledges an organization’s long-term commitment to their prioritized care and development. This process of delineating Core Collections helps align education, interpretation, conservation, display, and research activities creating efficiencies and maximizing programmatic impact.