Public gardens: Fulfilling the university's research mission

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Research at botanic gardens, from medieval times to the present day, has evolved to encompass a wide range of topics. The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, part of the University of Minnesota, is an example of a diverse, successful research program within a public university garden setting. Collaboration, mission, organization, and publications are keys to a successful research program. Future research for public gardens, including putting collections to work for conservation, understanding global change, ecological genomics, restoration ecology, seed banking, and citizen science are collaborative ideas for all botanic gardens to consider. Research can strengthen the botanic garden's role by providing public value while improving ties to the university.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)522-527
Number of pages6
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2010


  • Arboreta
  • Botanic gardens
  • Plant collections


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