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In search of ideas for arboretum.

dosmann at IASTATE.EDU dosmann at IASTATE.EDU
Wed Sep 25 07:36:21 EST 1996


If cost is a factor, you may be able to secure cheap plates at a local 
trophy engraving shop.  There are companies that specialize in plant tags 
and advertise in hort-related journals and such, but are more expensive.

Many botanical gardens and arboreta have two tags per plant.  An 
accession tag is secured to the plant either by wiring it to a branch or 
by nailing it to the trunk.  This tag contains taxonomic information, but 
more importantly, has information pertaining to when it was introduced to 
the collection and a unique accession number, for record-keeping 
purposes.  The accession tag is typically most important.  Informational 
tags/markers are often placed at the foot of a plant or mass of the same 
shrubs.  While containing taxonomic information, these may also indicate 
region of nativity, cultural information, etc.  

Securing accession tags (with the same dimensions you are looking for) to 
the trunk or branch may be better than to a stake, as theft may be a 
problem, unfortunately.  These will still be accessible to those who look 
for them.  I would also suggest creating a 'trail-guide' for people to 
use, marking the plants in the collection.  It is also a good idea to be 
consistent in tag-placing (putting all tags at 5' on the west side of the 
plant).

You may also wish to consult the curator or horticulturist of a local 
collection for ideas.

As for the Pachysandra problem:  Plant a variety of groundcovers.  The 
best thing about plant collections is the variety found within them.  

Good Luck!

Michael
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Michael S Dosmann
dosmann at iastate.edu
Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Horticulture
Iowa State University



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