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Applying for Collections Accreditation with Plant Collections Network

Holding a Nationally Accredited Plant Collection™  is added recognition of your institution’s long-term commitment to plant collections preservation, and to achieving a high standard of excellence in plant collections management. In this presentation,...

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3/10/21
Sourcing Native Plants for Ecosystem Function in Different Planting Contexts

In the native plant world, discussions about what plants are authentically native can get heated. Are the cultivars found at your local nursery native? Do they add ecological value or threaten biodiversity? In 2016, fifteen scientists from eleven...

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11/4/20
Aspen Ecology and Conservation: The Changing Landscape of a Keystone System

This webinar presentation lays the groundwork for an in-depth symposium at the upcoming 2020 Natural Areas Conference that will address wildfire, herbivory, climate warming, development pressures, cross-boundary management, and regional monitoring of...

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7/28/20
New Tools for Identifying and Prioritizing Range Shifting Invasive Plants

Join Jenica Allen and Bethany Bradley to learn about new tools for identifying and prioritizing range-shifting invasive plants coming soon to a landscape near you. Whether you’re a property owner, land manager, landscape professional, or policymaker,...

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11/25/19
Impact of Significant Weather Events on Plant Death in Managed Landscapes

Intensively managed landscapes, like those found in many public gardens, attempt to mitigate the impact of significant weather events through irrigation, improving soil characteristics, and mulching. At the same time many gardens purposefully push the...

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7/9/19
Curation and Interpretation in Medicinal Plant Gardens

Medicinal plants have an immense need for intensive curation and interpretation. Many of the more powerful and important medicinal species have little aesthetic value, making medicinal collections difficult to display. Properly interpreted, medicinal...

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7/9/19
The Renovation of Asa Gray Garden: Beauty, Inspiration, Botany, and Education

A collaborative relationship between Asa Gray Garden at Mount Auburn (an active cemetery), architects, and nearby Arnold Arboretum resulted in a beautiful and inspiring garden featuring trees, shrubs, and perennials that provide color, texture, and...

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7/9/19
Aligning Place and Concept for Collections-Driven Programming

Living collections are at the center of botanic garden interpretation and education. Increasingly, however, gardens implement learning approaches that disconnect the concepts from the collections. How do we, as garden education professionals, craft...

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6/28/19
Excellence in Plant Records Regardless of Circumstance

Plant records management is critical to the success of a garden regardless of its size, mission, or budget. Every institution comes with a unique set of assets and challenges, but one thing that unites them all is the care and upkeep of living...

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6/28/19
Your Garden’s Impact for Research: Uses, Tracking, and Getting Credit

Reporting and tracking use of collections is especially important for gardens to expand and/or sustain programming and communicate with members of their board and the public. This presentation showcased some examples of public gardens that have taken a...

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6/28/19
2018 Plant Collections Symposium Session and Speaker Recordings

October 17 Morning Sessions at University of British Columbia:  

  • Adapting a World-Renowned Botanic Garden to Climate Change-Chris Cole (Speaker): https://www.
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11/13/18
Developing Native Plant Materials for Conservation & Landscape Restoratio

Native seed is in high demand, but the availability of suitable product varies. Habitat restoration and other conservation efforts rely heavily on appropriately sourced propagules. How can we begin to meet the challenge of developing adequate seed...

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6/22/18
Safeguarding Our Tree Collections: Gardens Coordinate to Manage Diversity

“Which plants should I grow, and how many?” The IMLS National Leadership Project, Safeguarding our Tree Collections, seeks to answer this fundamental question. Through structured comparisons of genetic data among major groups of seed plants, management...

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6/21/18
Introduction and Advanced Collection Management with IrisBG

“Linnaeus' driving purpose was to bring order out of chaos in the living world." -E.O. Wilson. Keeping track of a few plants can be achieved using a simple spreadsheet. However, with a larger collection, the spreadsheet approach quickly becomes...

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6/19/18
Building Plant Collections

This presentation from the 2018 Small Gardens Symposium discusses material sourcing and how to focus a collection based on your priorities. Will the plants be for display or will they be used for research? Learn more about the many considerations...

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1/18/18
New Tools in Risk Assessment and Decision-Making

This presentation was given at the Native Plant Symposium in 2015 and addresses New Tools in Risk Assessment and Decision Making: Plant Provenance for Garden and Landscape Restoration. 

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11/2/17
PRE Pairing for Success: Emerging Invasives, Contentious Cultivars, and Common Ground

Meet the science-based, horticultural plant risk analysis tool that is good for business and the environment. Known as PlantRight “PRE” (Plant Risk Evaluator), this 20-question, online tool, and database enables Gardens to know before they grow if a...

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7/9/17
A Compass for Progress in Plant Collections Management

The Plant Collections Network coordinates plant germplasm preservation and promotes excellence in plant collections management. Its written application and peer review process is the recognized standard among public gardens seeking Nationally...

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7/9/17

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