Reporting and tracking use of collections is especially important for gardens to expand and/or sustain programming and communicate with members of their board and the public. This presentation showcased some examples of public gardens that have taken a creative approach to track the use of their collections with a series of lightning talks. The panel highlighted four key areas including: (1) use of living collections for research, (2) development of standards for tracking collections use, (3) external requests and handling, and (4) promoting your garden's work and getting credit.
• Phil Douglas – Chicago Botanic Garden
• Michael Dosmann, Ph.D. – Arnold Arboretum & Harvard
• Cindy Newlander – Denver Botanic Gardens
• Raquel Folgado, Ph.D. – Huntington Library, Art
Collections, & Botanical Gardens
• Abby Meyer – BGCI US
• Morgan Gostel, Ph.D. – Botanical Research Institute of Texas