Plant-nerd technology that works: Huntington digital plant map
As I mentioned in an earlier post, I recently attended the 2019 Succulent Symposium at the Huntington in San Marino, CA. In contrast to my experience at similar events, every single presentation kept my attention, and I learned a great deal about plants with which I only had a passing familiarity or knew nothing about.
I also found out a few things about the Huntington, including ambitious plans for the Chinese Garden and a new outdoor event area. But nothing surprised me more than finding out that the Huntington has been digitally mapping the plants in its collections and making the results available to, well, anybody and everybody.
I suspect I might be the last one to hear about this, but in case I'm not, here's what I've gathered: As they walk the gardens, employees use portable devices (maybe simply their smartphone?) to send plant location data to the Huntington's online plant database. From http://plants.gardentour.net, you and I and the rest of the world has access to all the plants that have been captured so far. How cool is that?
Unfortunately, I didn't have this information when I walked through the Desert Garden the day before the Succulent Symposium, but I tried it out at home. Here's what the experience is like:
|This is what you see when you get to http://plants.gardentour.net|
|Click the Search icon (magnifying glass) on the upper right and enter a plant you're interested in. Click the entries in the results list to see where each plant is located.|
|Click the Filter icon on the upper right, set the second toggle (“Enter partial name”) to on, and enter a plant name. The map now displays only that plant.|
|Filtering by species name is useful|
|Filtering by family name (first toggle), on the other hand, produces far too many results|
Be sure to bookmark the site on your smartphone: http://plants.gardentour.net,
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