Session 1: Collecting For Collections: the Public Garden Role In Tree Gene Conservation
Arboreta and gardens have an ability to fill an important role in germplasm conservation by participating in ex situ collections. Globally, trees are facing a human-driven mass extinction, and our native flora is not exempt. In 2015 the American Public Gardens Association and the US Forest Service began a partnership dedicated to tree gene conservation and awarded grants for scouting, collecting, and germplasm distribution. In this session we will look at these collection trips, garden networks as living gene banks, and how your garden can become involved.
Presenters: M. Lobdell, J.J. Rothleutner, The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois; P. Allenstein, American Public Gardens Association, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania; M.P. Griffith, Montgomery Botanical Center, Coral Gables, Florida.
Session 2: Photo-Verification: The Use of Digital Images as Verification Tools
What??? Can’t afford to fly the taxonomist 1,200 miles back to your garden 3-4 times/year to verify one genus? Neither could Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG), so it created a digital verification program to capture seasonal taxonomic characteristics to share with the taxonomists through the Internet. CBG has worked with other museums, universities, and digital sharing projects to address issues related to naming plant views, the rapid change in plant names, and securely exchanging images with taxonomists over the Internet. This session will share the details of the digital verification project as well as the lessons learned.
Presenters: B.E. Tankersley, Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Illinois.