Network Plant Collections (Plant Heritage)

Gardens, wherever if big or small, are sometimes true treasure chests for other garden enthusiasts and sometimes even for botanists. During a garden life, there are collected various plants from all corners of this earth. On top of that many garden owners and gardeners developed a strong passion for collecting different species of plants. Thus a collection of plants, whether in a private or a public garden, are often parts of a vast, mostly unused plant lexicon.

Whether those plants from the wild or bred as hybrids, almost every garden will be transformed over the years from time to time and some plant ends up on the compost, other plants die or are destroyed for other reasons. Often it also happens that avid gardeners and plant collectors themselves are no longer able and can not find anyone who continues her work. Very often these gardens after the death of the owner are then left ever the savagery, or even cleared to give way to a house building and will transported away by excavators.

Of course of this 'natural' reductions, there often plants, which not longer live in nature or in commerce, imperceptibly extinct. This will be visible only when someone is very intensive on the search for exactly this plant.

The idee behind the Network Plant Heritage:

It shall give public collections, there holders are cooperative partners of the network organisation and will hold 'National Collections'

Every privat plant collector can subscribe his collection on a voluntary basis at a central office. There are no obligations arising from them. There is no intention to question the origin of the existing plants.

So the resulted database will keep up to date, the cooperative partners should submit a actualised list every year. The privat collectors can do it on a voluntary basis.

If possible, plants that only occur in one known collection, maybe swapped with other collections.

So, one plant goes lost in a collection, it can be recovered quite simple.

There should be create a central point, where everyone can always turn when his garden is before of the dissolution or destruction, or has knowledge of such a garden.

With the help of new media Internet and email can be spread such information within fewer hours, where there quickly find enough people who ready themselves to rescue plants from such a garden.

The driving forces behind the intent to the network plant collections are at the moment the Deutsche Gartenbau-Gesellschaft  1822 e.V. and the Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung with the information system Genres.


Aktualy Info / 23.10.2011

In the meantime would be founded the BundesArbeitsgemeinschaft Pflanzen-
Sammlungen (BAPS)
and a Project Support Working Group, in which I am a member.

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