American Public Gardens Association Conference 2018

Southern California

June 4-8, 2018

Safeguarding our Tree Collections: Gardens Coordinate to Manage Diversity
Event Type: 
Collecting and Conserving
Date / Time: 
Wed June, 06 - 8:00am to 8:30am
P. Griffith, T. Magellan, M. Calonje, Montgomery Botanical Center, Coral Gables, Florida; R. Aguilar, Belize Botanic Gardens, San Ignacio, Belize; L. Knowles, F. Cartwright, Bahamas National Trust, Nassau, Bahamas; T. Clase, Jardín Botánico Nacional, Havana, Cuba; A. Meerow, USDA-ARS, Beltsville, Maryland; S. Hoban, M. Westwood, The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois; K. Havens, A. Kramer, J. Fant, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois; M. Dosmann, The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Roslindale, Massachusetts; D. Lorence, S. Walsh, National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kalaheo, Hawaii; J. Clark, Center for Plant Conservation, Escondido, California; A. Meyer, Botanic Gardens Conservation International, Glencoe, Illinois; B. Lacy, T. Callicrate, Chicago Zoological Society, Brookfield, Illinois

“Which plants should I grow, and how many?” The IMLS National Leadership Project, Safeguarding our Tree Collections, seeks to answer this fundamental question. Through structured comparisons of genetic data among major groups of seed plants, management recommendations and their broadness can be determined. Results show that careful consideration of the target species is essential when planning for collections management; i.e. biology informs strategy. The application of novel zoo management software to our plant data allows management of “metacollections” at separate gardens. Integrating precise ex situ conservation assessment with in situ management, monitoring, and community outreach can “close the loop,” ensuring our living treasures do not go extinct.


This session is approved for .5 ISA credit hours.