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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™.

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

Beyond Lists & Labels: Integrating Data for Curation & Research
Digitization, integration, and optimization of collections data can pay dividends across the board from management efficiency to innovative research activity. Unfortunately, this data often...
9/24/16
Plant Collections Network Introduction
Plant Collections Network Manager, Pam Allenstein, provides an overview of the Plant Collections Network. 
2/9/16
Invasive Plant Species Voluntary Codes of Conduct for Botanic Gardens & Arboreta
This document provides a voluntary code of conduct regarding the management of invasive plant species. Learn how to conduct an institution-wide review examining all departments and activities that...
11/30/15
Benchmarking Collections Case Study, Orchids
Why Benchmark Plant Collections? Compare your collection with others Define your collection’s scope Verify what’s special, unique, common Use results to make decisions –...
11/18/15
Understanding the Fundamentals: Collections Overview
What is a plant collection? Like objects in a museum, plants that are documented and labeled can be part of a public garden’s living collection. This Powerpoint presentation, by Plant...
11/18/15
AAM 2009 Curators Code of Ethics
The Curators Committee of the American Association of Museums (CurCom) first developed A Code of Ethics for Curators in 1983 and revised the document in 1996. Recognizing that museums and museum work...
11/18/15
Collections Planning Resources
These links connect to the following collections planning resources: 1. A Method for Evaluating the Use of Living Plant Collections in Public Horticultural Institutions. Patricia Lindemann. Thesis,...
11/5/15
Curatorial Practices for Botanical Gardens
This link connects you to a prominent plant collections procedure manual: Curatorial Practices for Botanical Gardens. Timothy C. Hohn. AltaMira Press. 2008.  
11/5/15
Strengthening the Conservation Value of Ex Situ Tree Collections
With 10% of trees (>8,000 species) threatened with extinction there is an urgent need for botanical gardens to protect threatened trees in dedicated conservation collections. Species conservation...
10/26/15