American Public Gardens Association Conference 2018

Southern California

June 4-8, 2018

Clean Collections: The Front Lines of Pest and Pathogen Mitigation
Event Type: 
Collecting and Conserving
Date / Time: 
Fri June, 08 - 8:00am to 9:30am
Magic Kingdom Ballroom 4
S. Helm-Wallace, The Trustees, Boston, Massachusetts; J. Harbage, Longwood Gardens, Inc., Kennett Square, Pennsylvania; M. Ingolia, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, San Francisco, California; M. Polek, USDA ARS, Riverside, California

Living collections at public gardens are increasingly at risk of pest infestations and pathogen infections. This session will describe front line strategies to mitigate these risks utilizing clean nursery stock, micropropagation and cryopreservation technologies, and collaborative partnerships. Management strategies to safeguard diverse high-value collections at three leading organizations can be applicable to gardens charged as stewards of increasingly vulnerable collections. Leave with a deeper understanding of what it takes for nurseries and labs to create and preserve disease-free stock, the importance of using certified propagation material, and ideas for how to encourage disease-free industry standards.


This session is approved for 1.5 LACES credit hours.








This session is approved for 1.5 ISA credit hours.