American Public Gardens Association
2019 Conference
Washington D.C. June 17-21, 2019

Living Collections Inventory: Flood Event on Kauai
Event Type: 
Collecting and Conserving
Date / Time: 
Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 11:15am to 11:45am
Congressional A
K. Houck and M. DeMotta, National Tropical Botanical Garden, Kalaheo, Hawaii
Pre-Registration Required: 

The National Tropical Botanical Garden has two garden properties (McBryde Garden and Limahuli Garden) on Kauai which suffered from large flood events in April 2018. Kevin Houck will explain how using GNSS technology and a Living Collections map, they were able to do a full inventory of the affected area of both gardens over the course of several months using field teams from a variety of sources. Triage identified damaged and destroyed collections and permanent tags were attached to surviving plants. Data collection assisted with restoration and replacement. Attendees at this session will learn to take an all hands on deck approach to a disaster by utilizing GIS technology, pro-active labeling practices, and a diverse, driven field team.