a growing collection
The plant records used to curate our collections are
called accessions and in 2014 numbered 20,000.
These records are an important long-term planning
and reference tool, and because we follow the
curation standards set by the American Public
Gardens Association, our work becomes part of a
larger effort to protect plants around the world.
For each type we record where the plants came from,
how many we received, how they arrived (seeds,
plugs, bulbs, etc.), and where they were planted. And
if they don’t survive, we record that, too.
Working behind the scenes
Powell Gardens is a living museum
with curated collections. Staff and
volunteers painstakingly record
all of the relevant data.
Dr. Paul Redfern
into the wild
In 2014 we began documenting all of the wild plant
species growing at Powell Gardens as well. Having
these plants on record builds the credentials we need
to join Botanical Garden Conservation International,
which focuses on protecting endangered plants.