Provenance Data for collection material?

Paul Licht
Sat, 24 Dec 2011 13:40:03 PST
Unless the collection is special value to a garden, there are few 
assurances. We are often offered collections and have to explain that we 
will gladly accept many things to resell (it is an important way for a 
caring gardener to support the Botanical collections) or, if the 
material has provenance and fit in our collection plan, we would gladly 
incorporate it.  I think that few botanical gardens could accommodate a 
whole collection except under special circumstances. For example, 
Lotusland recently acquired a large donated cactus collection and the 
Huntington is preparing to accept a large cultivated cycad collection 
(neither of these institutions have strong provenance based collection 
policies).  Smaller gardens might accept a whole collection if 
interesting, but I doubt its future would be assured.

Unfortunately, many of us think our collection is irreplaceable (and it 
is for us), but more often than not, they end with us.  Many people 
assume a group like Garden Conservancy will take it over, but this sadly 
the case.

Paul Licht, Director
Univ. California Botanical Garden
200 Centennial Drive
Berkeley, CA 94720

On 12/24/2011 1:03 PM, Randall P. Linke wrote:
> Paul,
> You speak to one of the issues I have puzzled over, what happens to my
> collection when I am gone.
> I frankly, from past experience, do not trust any of the smaller botanical
> gardens to conserve a collection. My initial thought was an educational
> institution, but the cuts to these do not even bode well for their ability
> to conserve a collection.  If you have any thoughts as to where those of us
> interested can place collections for posterity I for one (and my current
> collection is much smaller than many here) would like to hear of them.
> Randy

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