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The Transformation of Biome-based Exhibits::

The Transformation of Biome-based Exhibits : a road map to enriching semi-permanent collections with rotating ecoregion -themed displays

The message I would like to convey: manioc toasting hut :

The message I would like to convey: manioc toasting hut Public gardens benefit from having change in there display spaces. (Semi)permanent collections and changing displays do not have to be mutually exclusive.

Why bother changing ecoregions? :

Why bother changing ecoregions ? Changing exhibits draw returning guests. Todays climate of reduced funding puts more emphasis on visitation revenue. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Building interest in conservation:

Building interest in conservation Experience fosters a sense of stewardship in people. In most cases everyone can not travel to the places we are encouraging them to save. Smells, sights, sounds, touch and tastes

Community engagement. If feedback is encouraged during the planning phase by local community members from the displayed region in many cases it can help engage a population not commonly visiting public gardens. It also helps legitimize the exhibit in the eyes of those community members. :

C ommunity engagement. If feedback is encouraged during the planning phase by local community members from the displayed region in many cases it can help engage a population not commonly visiting public gardens. It also helps legitimize the exhibit in the eyes of those community members.

International collaboration :

International collaboration Promoting research through our Botany in Action program. Educating guests about conservation efforts abroad. International partnerships.

What kind of display space can be changed? South Indian Shiva temple in Pittsburgh :

What kind of display space can be changed? South Indian Shiva temple in Pittsburgh Any display bed , room, or glasshouse can be changed. The planting must maintain a consistent climate from region to region. Signage at your discretion

Tropical Forest Background:

Tropical Forest Background 12,000 square feet under glass. Opened to the public in December 2006. Every three years the room changes region. Regions covered so far include: Thailand Headwaters of the Amazon India Africa opens February 2015

More than just plants:

More than just plants The tropical forest gave Phipps an opportunity to discuss tropical ethno-botany. Guests are enabled to experience the culture and take that experience beyond casual plant observation

Initial planting Phase (Thailand):

Initial planting Phase (Thailand)

Initial tree/palm selection and nativity :

Initial tree/palm selection and nativity Ceiba pentandra , Tropical America and West Africa Tamarindus indica , Africa and widely distributed in Asia Ficus religeosa , macrocarpa , benjimana , Tropical Asia Bucida buceras , West indies Swietenia macrophylla , South America Mangifera indica , South Asia , widely cultivated and naturalized Artocarpus altilis , Oceania , now widely naturalized Cocus nucifera , likely origin, pacific islands world-wide tropics Hyophorbe verschaffeltii , Indian ocean, Rodrigues / Mauritius Carpentaria acuminata , northern Australia Rhizophora mangle, World wide tropics

Planting tips bambusa vulgaris ‘wamin’ Buddha belly bamboo :

Planting tips bambusa vulgaris ‘ wamin ’ Buddha belly bamboo Plant pan tropical trees when possible Aggressive plants that are not intended to stay for longer than the determined time are up-potted to encourage growth but planted within there pots for containment. Don’t forget to mulch the pot.

Planting continued :

Planting continued Out of the way places that may have been marginalized become valuable collection repositories. Larger less desirable material can be removed as others grow into the space

Planting….:

Planting…. Valuable plants, or slow growing plants should be planted in years prior to the opening of a new region. Keep high profile places available to highlight new regional plantings.

Coordinate purchases to enhance other collections as old themes come to a close:

Coordinate purchases to enhance other collections as old themes come to a close

Other tips:

Other tips Make a schedule, but be flexible. Use signage to frame the plants you wish guests to know about, and draw their attention from plants not from the highlighted region. Accession plants immediately Save hard copies of invoices Plan openings around traditionally slow times. We open in February.

In Conclusion:

In Conclusion There are challenges and benefits to this approach I would like to encourage you all to consider giving these display changes a try at your gardens.

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Questions? bdunigan@phipps.conservatory.org

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