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Plant Collections Network: Collections Inventory Template

This template was developed by curators stewarding Nationally Accredited Multisite CollectionsTM. It provides a standardized format and defined data fields for plant records inventories to facilitate coordinated activities among collaborating gardens....

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1/14/21
Writing Plant Names

This is a guide to writing plant names developed for use at The Arboretum at Penn State.

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6/11/20
Mapping and Databasing Plant Records Survey

This survey conducted in fall 2019 was part of a research project for a masters degree at Vancouver Island University, in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The survey was administered by Jodi Healy in collaboration with the Alliance for Public...

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5/26/20
Science and Actions for Species Protection. Noah’s Arks for the 21st Century

The format of this edited volume offers each of the three communities (natural history museums, botanical gardens, zoological gardens) the opportunity to present their cutting-edge research and communications outreach activities. In addition, this...

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5/11/20
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...

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5/8/20
Huntsville Botanical Garden: Natural Disaster Plan

This is an example of a Disaster Plan with a specific focus on plant collections management and prioritization. This includes a Trillium Collection Disaster Plan. Special acknowledgment to, the Disaster Planning Strategy for Botanical Collections (...

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1/31/20
Montgomery Botanical Center Disaster and Response Protocols and Resources

The increased hurricane activity predicted for future decades has serious implications for the important work of Montgomery Botanical Center (MBG). The recovery process at and any garden begins immediately following each hurricane, but preparedness is...

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12/6/19
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum: Emergency Preparedness, Response and Recovery Plan

This Plan is intended to outline plans for preparing for emergencies and for immediate response and short-term recovery efforts in an emergency. In addition, it contains plans for the security of the Arboretum's living and non-living collections and...

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12/5/19
Adapting a World Renowned Botanic Garden to Climate Change

From the American Public Gardens Association Plant Collections Management Symposium. Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from Vancouver, Canada. Landscape Succession Strategy, Melbourne Gardens 2016 – 2036. Keynote Presenter: Chris Cole

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10/17/19
Lean on Me: Recommendations for Heritage Tree Support at the Morris Arboretum

The history of the Morris Arboretum can be told through its eldest trees. Every scar and abnormality present on these immense specimens inspire awe, enrich visitor experience, and provide a glimpse into the past of the gardens. They also act as living...

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9/16/19
ASSESSMENT OF THE HAMAMELIDACEAE IN GLOBAL LIVING COLLECTIONS

The Hamamelidaceae has genera with named cultivars, but only one cultivar registration authority for the genus Hamamelis. Choosing the Hamamelidaceae as the focus of this project provides missing information for members of this ornamentally valuable...

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9/13/19
Material Transfer Agreement: Living Collections Access and Distribution Form

This is an example from Denver Botanic Gardens of a Material Transfer Agreement:
Living Collections Access and Distribution Form. 

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8/21/19
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
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
Extending U.S. Biodiversity Collections to Address National Challenges

The U.S. national heritage of approximately one billion biodiversity specimens, once
digitized, can be linked to emerging digital data sources to form an information-rich network
for exploring earth’s biota across taxonomic, temporal and...

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6/26/19
Updated Plant Collections Abbreviations Resource

The University of British Columbia Botanical Garden compiled a spreadsheet of Collectors' references and expedition abbreviations with associated information that were gathered from various sources (mostly online resources). The spreadsheet is shared...

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1/7/19
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
What is Our Backup Plan? A Look at Collections Security

As gardens across North America endure the most severe natural disasters on record including hurricanes, floods, and wild fires, it is important to consider collections coverage and security. The diverse network of gardens across the continent and...

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11/8/18
Prospects for global management of Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum): Using a “studbook” approach to document pedigree, demography, and genetics

Titan Arum (Amorphophallus titanum) is a large charismatic plant, native to Sumatra, that is grown at gardens around the world. Due to its size, it is difficult to maintain multiple plants at each garden. For this reason, we are creating an...

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11/2/18
Safeguarding Our Tree Collections: Gardens Coordinate to Manage Biodiversity (E-Poster)

“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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11/2/18

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