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Plant Nomenclature & Taxonomy Town Hall: January 2021

Join the Plant Nomenclature and Taxonomy Community for a quick update on its annual project (Problematic Common Names) and a Professional Show & Tell. 

Community Chair/Moderator: Jaime Frye, Plant Records Specialist, Newfields
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1/14/21
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 Business of Native Plants: Generating Revenue through Creative Garden Enterprises

Native plant, pollinator, and habitat issues are growing more popular among the visiting public each year, but does this translate more broadly into increased nursery sales? With ecological testing ongoing to determine differences in habitat value...

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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
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
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
Accepting and Embracing Plant Collection Donations

Presenters will discuss the challenges, opportunities, and benefits of accepting large plant-collection donations. Three institutions have tackled this challenge in recent years and will discuss how they brought in large collections, some with...

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7/9/17
Perspectives on the Importance of Preserving Cultivated Germplasm

Heirloom vegetables, heirloom roses… how about heirloom viburnums? What’s happening to older cultivars of genera that don’t have a special interest group championing their cause? This session will explore the...

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9/24/16
The Ecological Landscape & “Nativars”: Evaluating Pollinator Preferences/Values of Native Phlox Species & Cultivars

Native cultivars (“nativars”) are being developed at a rapid pace by the nursery trade. Despite marketing efforts to convince the gardening public of their value in wildlife landscaping, little is known about...

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9/24/16
Supporting Pollinators through Local & National Collaboration

Public gardens regularly share their practices for attracting and nurturing pollinators while also maintaining worldclass horticultural displays. Learn how gardens can leverage powerful partnerships and public...

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9/24/16