American Public Garden Association Conference 2017
Hamilton & Niagara, Ontario
June 19-23, 2017
Accepting and Embracing Plant Collection Donations
Event Type: 
Collecting and Conserving
Date / Time: 
Wed June, 21 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Webster B
J. Peter, Royal Botanical Gardens, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; C. Newlander, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, Colorado; D. Heimbecker, Whistling Gardens, Wilsonville, Ontario, Canada; L. Galford, Boyce Thompson Arboretum, Superior, Arizona

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 questionable or lacking data for plant identities, made room to add the collections into their public spaces, and how these new collections have increased community engagement. Additionally, they will explore donor expectations and how these collections are helping conserve germplasm. Speakers will give tips on how to deal with the intake of new collections along with verification processes that institutions of any size can tackle. Speakers will discuss two cultivar collections (historic iris and peonies) and one collection of arid plants.

This session has been approved for 1 LACES credit hour.