American Public Garden Association Conference 2017
Hamilton & Niagara, Ontario
June 19-23, 2017
Horticulture + Data = Better Gardens
Event Type: 
The Living Landscape
Date / Time: 
Wed June, 21 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Albion A
T. Beck, Mt. Cuba Center, Hockessin, Delaware; R. Young, Descanso Gardens, La Canada Flintridge, California; C. Baker, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois

From Google analytics to CompStat, we live in an era of big data. It’s not the size of the data set that matters, though; it’s what you do with it. Horticulture teams at public gardens are using data analysis to make better decisions about chemical applications, water use, plant health care, staffing, and garden design. From the perspectives of three different gardens we will explore the benefits and challenges of managing data. We will discuss the technologies that make this work possible, from good old Excel to ArcGIS. We will also touch on the staffing questions—who collects the data, who analyzes it, and is everyone brought in? Finally, how does this type of data intersect with the data traditionally kept by plant records departments.

This session has been approved for 1 LACES credit hour.