Abby Hird, BGCI U.S. research associate and project manager, who has been hosted by the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University for the past three years, has set up a new office at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden (RSABG) in Claremont, California. BGCI U.S. is grateful for the support of the Arnold Arboretum during the 2010 North American Collections Assessment and subsequent enhancements to BGCI’s PlantSearch and GardenSearch databases. Andrea Kramer, BGCI U.S. executive director, said, “The tremendous support from the Arnold Arboretum has allowed us to do much more with our current resources, and we look forward to continuing collaborations with them.”
Abby is thrilled to be gaining direct access to RSABG’s world-class conservation programs, and BGCI and its global network will no doubt benefit from the closer connection to RSABG and other public gardens in the region. For 2013, Abby plans to continue developing BGCI’s data services, and other major BGCI U.S. efforts including the Care for the Rare interpretation project, carried out in collaboration with the United States Botanic Garden.