Database research Query 1

P. C. Andrews
Thu, 23 Oct 2003 05:03:51 PDT
Its also helpful to keep track of who you sent cuttings/bulbs/seeds to.  
Then when plants mysteriously disappear from the garden, you know where to 
get starts again.  Other useful categories- summer/winter growers, bloom 
times, when transferred from pot to ground, propagation info, whether 
poisonous, mature size, watering/fertilizing requirements, observed 
infestations and treatments, known pathogens, year seed production occurred. 
  I also keep a couple of rich text fields for unexpected things that don't 
fit other categories.
Phil Andrews

>From: Jane McGary <>
>Reply-To: Pacific Bulb Society <>
>To: Daryl 'Dash' Geoghegan <>,Pacific Bulb Society 
>Subject: Re: [pbs] Database research Query 1
>Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2003 11:38:36 -0700
>Dash asked for feedback on what should be included in a horticultural 
>database intended for collections management. Compared to a botanic garden 
>or major nursery, I have only a small collection (my database has about 
>1300 entries), but here are some features I would want:
>1. Ability to sort, display, and print in a variety of layouts for 
>different purposes. And the layouts should be easy to design!
>2. Exportable to a Word document, so the list can be e-mailed to people who 
>don't have the database program.
>3. In addition to the obvious nomenclature fields, here are those I use: 
>source, date acquired, location (I have the bulb frames coded in numbered 
>sections), cost per bulb, price (if I sell bulbs), flowering date, and 
>comments. Others might want fields such as height and flower description -- 
>if I want to note these, I put them in "Comment". Another useful field, 
>which I'll add to my database soon, would be "Authority," for citation of 
>the books or articles where you have checked the plant against its 
>published description -- something we all need to do more. [And another 
>topic entirely is a really good bibliography on bulbs, indexed by genera 
>and maybe species, which we should put together cooperatively and add to 
>the PBS website. I will volunteer to coordinate such a project, since 
>massive bibliographies are one of my specialties.]
>4. Would there be a way to add thumbnail photos, or would that make the 
>database too big?
>Jane McGary
>Northwestern Oregon, USA
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