American Public Gardens Association Conference 2018

Southern California

June 4-8, 2018

The Global Genome Initiative for Gardens: Unlocking the Potential of Living Collections
Event Type: 
Collecting and Conserving
Date / Time: 
Wed June, 06 - 10:45am to 11:45am
Magic Kingdom Ballroom 4
V. Handley, University Of California Botanical Garden, Berkeley, California; J. Neale, Denver Botanic Gardens, Denver, Colorado; K. Wallick, United States Botanic Garden, Washington, District of Columbia; M. Gostel, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, District of Columbia

A recent study in Nature highlighted the importance of botanical gardens for ex situ conservation, as just one-third of botanical gardens worldwide contain more than 100,000 species in their living collections. The Global Genome Initiative for Gardens was launched in 2015 to preserve and understand the genomic biodiversity of plants on Earth. Since this time, the program has grown into an international partnership comprising twenty botanical gardens. The GGI-Gardens partnership supports sampling activities from ex situ living collections to leverage the diversity of plants within gardens, preserve tissues in biorepositories, and enable research. We welcome new partners to join this coalition dedicated to preserving global plant diversity.


This session is approved for 1 ISA credit hour.