This elaborate handbook of over 300 pages is of particular use for the beginning as well as experienced collection manager. It covers very practical issues as well as concerning management and organisation. The handbook contains 12 chapters, ranging from very practical and directly relating to the collection administration, to more abstract, relating to policies or organizational matters. The first chapter deals with accessions and the information that is linked to the accessions, the second with accession locations (the plants on their location in the garden). And indeed what defines accessions. These first two chapters address some of the very basic question that the collection administration should be able to answer: "Which plants do we have, where do they come from and where can I find them." The next two chapters deal with plant names and plant name-related data. The adagium "species do not exist, but plants do!" is a guiding principle. Chapter 5 addresses horticultural data, a subject which is often excluded from collection administrations. Some standards are proposed here. The next chapters focus respectively on Education and Collection Management, Conservation, Science in the Garden, Professionalization and Cooperation, the Web of Policies and Regulations, and the position of Collection management in Garden Policy and General Management. Chapter 12 defines minimum standards as perceived by the authors, and summarizes several pitfalls. Throughout the reference book, standards are advised, and detailed data recording, which constitutes the scientific level. An English version is in preparation.
|Number of pages||218|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
|Event||6th Global Botanie Gardens Congress - Geneva, Switzerland|
Duration: 26 Jun 2017 → 30 Jun 2017
|Conference||6th Global Botanie Gardens Congress|
|Period||26/06/17 → 30/06/17|