PLANT RECORDS FOR HISTORIC GARDENS AND LANDSCAPES

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Published on October 22, 2014

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PLANT RECORDS FOR HISTORIC GARDENS AND LANDSCAPES: PLANT RECORDS FOR HISTORIC GARDENS AND LANDSCAPES Telling the Garden’s Story Through the Narrative of Our Plants a time and a place and a plant: a time and a place and a plant Plant records is simply the creation of a record of an event The Art And Science Of Documenting Your Living Collection: The Art And Science Of Documenting Your Living Collection What makes it a scientific pursuit? Accessioning Labeling Mapping Verification What makes it an art? Trying to force a biological entity into a man constructed system of data management Every system of record keeping is different. Creative problem solving will be needed to come up with a system that is right for you. PLANT RECORDS ARE VITAL TO OUR ORGANIZATIONS: “Without proper documentation, museums and botanical gardens have a limited story to tell and little reference value. Moreover, these institutions are ethically and legally obligated to maintain basic information about their collections according to accepted professional standards.” -American Association of Museums, Museums for a New Century PLANT RECORDS ARE VITAL TO OUR ORGANIZATIONS Plant Records form a foundation for our programs: Plant Records form a foundation for our programs Data gathering forms the basis for observational science Information is used in teaching classes Labels are used to enhance the visitor experience Maps are important for way-finding and design purposes PowerPoint Presentation: Accountability Expertise Consistency High Quality Documentation: High Quality Documentation PowerPoint Presentation: accessible understandable inventory verification comprehensive maintainable Feedback Loop: Feedback Loop Road to High Quality Documentation: Road to High Quality Documentation Centralize knowledge Maintain a high level of participation in data management Utilize reporting to maintain an acceptable level of accuracy Determine your Documentation End Goals: Who will Access? staff, visitor, colleagues What will they do with the information? Determine your Documentation End Goals Minimum Information: Minimum Information Unique Identifier Plant Name Plant Material Source Plant Location Status Plant Records Resources: Plant Records Resources Dedicated staff Time of all staff Organizational documents Software Equipment Facilities Dedicated Staff Member(s) Plant Recorder Plant Records Assistant Volunteers Interns: Dedicated Staff Member(s) Plant Recorder Plant Records Assistant Volunteers Interns PowerPoint Presentation: Software Database: Excel, Access, BG-Base, Iris BG, Specify, BRAMS Mapping System: BG-Map, ArcView GIS, Drawing software Equipment Mapping Tools: total station, GPS, string and a measuring tape Data Recorders: pocket PCs, tablets, paper and pen Computers Facilities Office space, storage facilities, etc. Curatorial Governing Documents: Increasing focus and detail Curatorial Governing Documents Plant Records Procedural Documents: Plant Records Procedural Documents Begin where you are: Begin where you are Gather documents and any collections documentation you have Old inventories, planting plans, maps Assess needs of organization Create a prioritized plan Seek support from the leadership team Take small steps to accomplish your goals Show returns as soon as possible What is our purpose as a public garden? And what will the information we collect about our plants say about us? : What is our purpose as a public garden? And what will the information we collect about our plants say about us? So what’s your story? : So what’s your story? Re-story- ing Change our relationship with the earth to accomplish conservation. Cannot do that without changing the narrative… we need a new story. Where will that story come from? Who will tell it? Will it be based in something substantial? PowerPoint Presentation: Amy Highland (302) 239-8813 [email protected] PowerPoint Presentation: Questions I wish people would ask me after the talk. How can I build a culture of plant records in my organization? How is MCC seeking to incorporate their story into its records Powerpoint presentation jump drive and email to Shari Pdf format email to Shari for publication

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