If you were here for one of our recent workdays, you may have heard me mention an upcoming special volunteer need. Due to the generous gifts given to the Atlanta History Center in memory of Mrs. Louise Allen, we have been able to purchase and begin the long-term process of documenting and mapping our plant collections. The first step in this process is the purchase of, and training on a system by the name of BG-BASE (BG stands for botanical gardens), a special database used by numerous institutions worldwide to document plant collections. To give you a sense of what it is, here is their website: http://rbg-web2.rbge.org.uk/bg-base/welcome.htm#top
Reading the introduction will give you a good overview.
We would like to recruit a few dedicated volunteers to help with data entry, which will, at the beginning, consist of entering data into select fields, such as: each plant’s botanical and common name, the date it was purchased, from when it was acquired, in what form it was received (seed, cutting, containerized, balled & burlapped), etc.
One need not be a computer geek, nor very knowledgeable about plants, but just comfortable working on a computer. To become a part of this endeavor, we would request that you commit to attending both days of training on Thursday and Friday, April 9th and 10th – and to be able to commit to being here to enter data a half day (3-4 hours) once a week. There would be much flexibility to accommodate your schedule, but sessions would need to be on a weekdays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. There would also be a certain degree of leeway, should you need to postpone your session occasionally. We would also ask that you be able to commit to doing this for a year.
If this exciting project is something with which you might be interested in helping us with, please let me know. It would be an excellent way to contribute to the Atlanta History Center’s mission, and to its wonderful plant collections. We will be starting with the Quarry Garden collection. Please share this note with anyone you think may be interested or feel free to distribute it to any plant-related organization with which you are involved.
By all means…you MUST see the gardens here soon, especially the Quarry Garden…there is magic happening daily!
PS: Thus far we only have three people signed-up for this-coming Saturday’s Quarry garden work session…you won’t believe how many plants are already blooming!
John T. Manion
Historic Gardens Curator
Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
p | 404.814.4073
e | jmanion@AtlantaHistoryCenter.com
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