Collections Assessments

BGCI can shed light on any collection’s strengths and opportunities, and provide a broader perspective on the unique contributions your botanic garden can make.

Where does your garden fit within the regional, national and global botanical contexts?

How does your collection uniquely contribute to broader botanical and conservation initiatives?

These are questions that gardens everywhere are asking. In response to this growing need BGCI-US has developed a customisable collections assessment model to shed light on any collection’s strengths and opportunities, and provide a broader perspective on the unique contributions your garden can make.

We analyse collections from the ground up with BGCI’s PlantSearch and GardenSearch databases as a foundation and collaborations with organizations such as BG-Base and IrisBG. We characterize the current status of a collection at the plant, accession and name levels, and identify collections value for a garden’s stakeholders. We explore ways to reach your institution’s collections goals, and compare with other collections and identify potential partners for collection development activities.

Learn the unique value of your living collection and strategise your collection efforts based on broader trends and global conservation initiatives:

  • Characterize your collections composition, strengths and opportunities
  • Identify the conservation, education and research value of your collections
  • Uncover the global, national and local uniqueness of your living collection
  • Identify collaborative opportunities to build your collection

Additionally, BGCI provides a custom Conservation Collections Assessment through the BGCI Advanced Conservation Practitioner Accreditation process.