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Compass for Progress: Standards of Excellence in Plant Collections Management


Plant Collections Network, a signature program of the American Public Gardens Association, has articulated Standards of Excellence in Plant Collections Management. 

Intended to be aspirational rather than prescriptive, these standards can serve as a compass for progress for all public gardens guiding a course toward continual improvement. They will help gardens set strategic goals, measure success, communicate the importance of collections management, and develop new cohorts of curators. Ultimately this will raise standards industry-wide, maximize collections use, and further the Association’s mission to serve and advance public gardens.

Readily applicable to any size organization, the standards are organized into four focus areas that can be applied to all types of public gardens and collections: