IrisBG had the privilege to be a sponsor and attend in-person this year with the 565 attendees from around the United States. It was great connecting with the IrisBG Community and meeting new friends. The American Public Gardens Association Conference: CommUNITY of Gardens met for a 5-days in Portland, Oregon from June 20th to 24th.
Portland Japanese Garden
Thanks to all staff, the program selection committee, and especially the speakers who shared the important work that they are doing. The energy, love, and care spent in curating, managing, planning, educating, and fundraising in public gardens was apparent and awe-inspiring.
IrisBG Community @ APGA 2022
Thanks to everyone who came by our booth! We had many great questions, discussions, and demonstrations of the new features available with IrisBG!
🌱 Did you request a feature improvement or addition at the conference? We have included several of them in our upcoming release. Follow the topic The Latest Version of IrisBG to never miss an update.
Plant Curation and Conservation Tract Presentations
The IrisBG Community's great work was on display during so many sessions but definitely highlighted during the Plant Curation and Conservation Tract Presentations!
Jaime Fry, Assistant Curator from Newfield gave a presentation called "Out with Offensive Plant Names" which talked about how Common names have travelled through time and can be intertwined with the history of colonialism, racism, and imperialism. See the resource, from which this presentation was based, that the Plant Nomenclature & Taxonomy Community of APGA and Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries created.
Laurel Matthew, Plant Records Curator & Senior Horticulturalist at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden gave a presentation called "The Plant Records Curator's Quest for Greatness." The session was attended by many plant recorders from across the U.S. who are all on the same quest to build their skillset to improve their plant collections and conservation. She encouraged her fellow plant recorders to be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound, (S.M.A.R.T.), when writing their plant collection policy objectives because we all have limited time and resources.
Garden Explorer for Cornell Botanic Gardens
Lynn Swain, Director of Development at Cornell Botanic Garden gave a presentation called "Using Plant Records for Fundraising" where she emphasized the importance of plant records specialists' work; as they are the gatekeepers of information that is critical to development. Development staff rely on timely communication with plant recorders to answer specific donor requests. The Garden Explorer helped her do this important work during the pandemic.
🌱 Lynn has graciously agreed to give her talk to the IrisBG Community. If you missed the presentation at the APGA Conference, invite your development staff to attend the August Coffee Chat with you! Click here to register.
- a Sustainability Index webinar series- session
This session was a cross-section of some of the topics we have learned from during the Sustainability Index Webinar-series, co-organised by APGA and IrisBG.
Emily Ellington, Curator-Assistant Director at The Polly Hill Arboretum, Richard Piacentini, President and CEO at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, and Rachel Davis, GATEways Horticulturalist from UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden continued the Public Gardens Sustainability Index Webinar discussions with their talk called "Celebrate Sustainability". This discussion focused on how the gardens themselves can work towards becoming more sustainable.
⏭ Learn more about the Public Gardens Sustainability Index by clicking here.
In addition to the inspiring presentations were able to explore the IrisBG community member Hoyt Arboretum and the Lan Su Chinese Garden, Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden, and the Portland Japanese Garden.
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Lan Su Chinese Garden
View of Mount Hood from the Portland Japanese Garden
Exhibition on display at the Portland Japanese Garden: Gifts from Japan: A Horticultural Tale told through Botanical Art.