Why Add Your Collections to PlantSearch?
How to Upload your Plant Data to PlantSearch
- To upload information about the plants growing in your garden, you first need to apply for a login. Use GardenSearch to locate your garden and then click the Edit Garden button at top right.
- Once you are logged in to your garden pages, you can paste or upload your plant list.
- See the PlantSearch Upload Instructions here.
Why Contribute Data?
- BGCI runs this unique global database on the plants kept in living collections in gardens everywhere in the world. Your data is used in our PlantSearch available to everyone through our website.
- PlantSearch is of value to conservationists, researchers, policy makers and planners, educators and many more people who are all working around the globe to save plant diversity. One of the most important uses of PlantSearch is to measure how many threatened plants are safely in cultivation somewhere in the world.
- A database is only as good as the data in it, so the more clean, recent data that we have in it, the more useful the results you get when you use PlantSearch.
- It's easy to do! Especially if you already have list of your living collections. You just copy and paste, or upload a CSV file.
- Your data is managed via your garden pages so anyone uploading data also has access to free space to share information about your garden with the botanic gardens and plant conservation community. Thousands of people use our site every week looking for information about gardens all around the world.
- The location of your plants is kept hidden from Plant Search users so you will not face any security issue regarding rare or valuable plants.
- As climate change affects more areas, this information will be increasingly valuable and we urgently need to get everyone's data into the system.
- BGCI is taking snapshots of the data too, so we can monitor how it is changing over time.
- Data contributors have access to more information than is available to ordinary site users. Your plant collection can be cross-referenced against the IUCN threatened plant lists, so you can see instantly how many plants in your collection are threatened.
- During 2006 BGCI is developing more powerful queries of the database and these will be made available to contributors. In the meantime please upload your data and help us make this as accurate as possible so we can all make the right conservation decisions and protect plant diversity.
How To Add Your Plant Records
See the PlantSearch Upload Instructions here.