National collections programs

Diane Whitehead
Fri, 18 Jun 2004 00:19:34 PDT
I hope this hasn't already been discussed.  I've been a bit busier 
than usual and may have missed reading some messages.

I have just discovered The North American Plant Collections 
Consortium, run by the American Association of Botanical Gardens and 
Arboreta.  The description of the aims and the process is at

Collections must be supported properly by an institution, and 
individual collectors or plant societies may participate through such 
an institution. It costs $500 to apply, which seems to be to pay 
travel expenses for an inspector to examine the collection.

"Documented, wild origin plants, sampled from throughout the natural 
range and genetic variability of the species, have the broadest 
utility for NAPCC goals and demand first priority. The NAPCC is also 
designed for the collection and conservation of current and 
historical cultivars, although this is not a requirement of 
participation. "

Most of the collections are of woody plants: Date palms at Arizona 
State University, Cycads at Lotusland, but there are a few 
collections of smaller plants: Dudleya at Santa Barbara, Wild Ginger 
and Trillium at Mt.Cuba, Hosta at Toledo.

No bulbs.

Oh, I should have mentioned the Mesoamerican Cloud Forest at 
Strybing.  Doesn't that sound lovely?  and San Francisco can 
practically guarantee regular low-lying clouds.

Diane Whitehead  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
maritime zone 8
cool mediterranean climate (dry summer, rainy winter - 68 cm annually)
sandy soil

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