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Share your collection online now: June 2024 Highlights

The standout feature of the month was the introduction of Public Sites, a powerful tool that allows you to share your collection online. In addition to Public Sites, new batch actions and user filters have been added to help you manage your data. Updated pricing plans are unveiled, and we are back from another successful annual conference with the American Public Gardens Association (APGA). Read more about June’s highlights below.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
July 3, 2024
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Thriving through change: How Hortis has helped our plant records at Hertfordshire Zoo

In the latest entry of our blog series, we hear about the journey at Hertfordshire Zoo, a family-run institution nestled in the scenic Broxbourne Woods of Hertfordshire, UK. Matt Berridge, Deputy Head Gardener, shares his story.

In the latest entry of our blog series, we hear about the journey at Hertfordshire Zoo, a family-run institution nestled in the scenic Broxbourne Woods of Hertfordshire, UK. Matt Berridge, Deputy Head Gardener, shares his story.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
June 13, 2024
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Newsletter: May 2024

In May, we added some more batch actions to help you make changes to multiple records. We also opened up early access to “Public Sites” and will make the ability to share your collection with visitors available to more users in June. Read more about this month’s highlights below.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
June 5, 2024
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Webinar: Sharing Your Garden's Collection with Public Sites

Are you eager to maximize your garden's impact by making your plant records public? In our last webinar, we delved into the potential of showcasing your garden's collection. If you missed our session, here are some key takeaways.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
May 23, 2024
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Newsletter: April 2024

As we stride into May, we continue to respond to your feedback and feature requests. April’s highlight was the Actions Menu. Designed to help streamline your data management, this feature allows you to take swift and precise actions on your records with just a few clicks or taps. Read more about how it can help your day-to-day recordkeeping workflows.You can also sign up to our next webinar about sharing your plant collection with the public. If you requested early access to public sites, then stay tuned for more details soon!

Waheed Arshad, PhD
May 2, 2024
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Newsletter: March 2024

As we step out of March, we are delighted to share the exciting news of our new partnership with Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) to help global botanical gardens protect plant diversity. This year, we also celebrate a significant milestone at Species360: the 50th anniversary of supporting global wildlife conservation through record-keeping and science initiatives. Behind the scenes, we are working on some major features, such as the ability to share your collection with the public. Read more about this month’s highlights and how to get early access to your public site.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
April 4, 2024
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Webinar: A New Dawn for Plant Records at Zoos and Aquariums

As well as being a beautiful backdrop in the zoo, plants play a vital role in creating natural enclosures, participating in educational programs, supporting animal nutrition and enrichment, and contributing to species conservation efforts. Zoos and aquariums often face challenges when it comes to botanical record-keeping, normally caused by inadequate record-keeping tools and a lack of resources.

Havard Ostgaard
March 13, 2024
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Newsletter: February 2024

Building on the recent release of the shared taxonomic backbone, we have added factual data to help you with additional details about your taxa, drastically reducing the time required for you to source this information from external sources. From natural distribution to IUCN Red List status, you can more easily look at the impact of your collection.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
March 5, 2024
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Threatened Plant Species: Stories of 9 species you may find in a botanic garden near you

Plants serve as the foundation, sustaining ecosystems and life itself. Despite their pivotal role, many plant species face extinction, threatening the balance of entire ecosystems. In this critical era, plant conservation is paramount, yet often overshadowed by other environmental concerns. However, the urgency to conserve threatened plant species is undeniable, driven by habitat destruction, climate change, and other human activities.

Havard Ostgaard
February 12, 2024
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Newsletter: January 2024

Maintaining a high standard of data quality in plant records is a difficult challenge for many. This is why we’re continuously working to improve this situation for you and your team. Throughout January, we introduced several features to help refine your data quality and get the most out of it. We also added a new feedback submission feature and a support article to guide you through cleaning up your scientific names. Below you will find more about how January’s highlights can help you manage your collection, including a guest blog from Wave Hill.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
February 1, 2024
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Plant Taxonomy in Botanic Gardens

Humans have been occupied by the desire to understand our natural environment since ancient times, spurring many discoveries and new disciplines. One such discipline is the biological classification of plants, also known as plant systematics or plant taxonomy.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
January 26, 2024
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Making Plant Records Useful Again: A Wave Hill Success Story

In the latest installment of our blog post series, we delve into the Hortis success story at Wave Hill, a renowned public garden nestled in Riverdale, Bronx, NY. Authored by Wave Hill staff (Jess Brey, Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter, and Steven Conaway, PhD, Associate Director of Horticulture), the article details the transformative journey undertaken by Wave Hill in resurrecting their plant records.

In the latest installment of our blog post series, we delve into the Hortis success story at Wave Hill, a renowned public garden nestled in Riverdale, Bronx, NY. Authored by Wave Hill staff (Jess Brey, Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter, and Steven Conaway, PhD, Associate Director of Horticulture), the article details the transformative journey undertaken by Wave Hill in resurrecting their plant records.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
January 23, 2024
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Hortis for Education: Nurturing the Next Generation of Botanists

Botanic gardens have long been hailed as the guardians of biodiversity, preserving our planet's plant species for future generations. Among the myriad challenges, one often overlooked aspect is the power of education in fostering a broader understanding and appreciation of the world of plants.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
January 17, 2024
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How Botanic Gardens Are Preserving Biodiversity

Plant biodiversity sustains our lives, from the food we eat to the clothes we wear, the medicines we take, and the air we breathe. Yet, biodiversity is being lost at a rapid pace with two in five plant species at risk of extinction worldwide. What role can botanic gardens play in safeguarding the future loss of biodiversity?

Havard Ostgaard
January 15, 2024
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Wishing all our valued Hortis subscribers a very Happy New Year! 🎉

As we welcome 2024, we would like to take a moment to express our gratitude for your continued trust and support. We are proud to have been a part of your record-keeping journey, no matter your mission.

Havard Ostgaard
January 5, 2024
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Newsletter: November 2023

In November, we introduced trash pages to give you more confidence in deleting and retrieving records. We've also made technical progress behind the scenes with extending shared taxonomy to species level, which we expect to be released soon. Read on to learn more about how to use the trash pages, and to learn about our special webinar for the BGANZ and Pacific Coast community.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
December 1, 2023
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Newsletter: October 2023

October has been a busy month for the team and we released several noteworthy updates – from data tables, donor/supplier autocomplete, and identification fields – each of which is designed to help you be more productive and accurate in your record keeping.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
November 1, 2023
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Plant Records Webinar: Keeping Up With Plant Names & the Impact of Shared Taxonomy

Do you struggle to keep pace with changing plant names and the challenges of plant taxonomy? Don't miss our upcoming webinar, where we’ll discuss how to stay current with plant names and how shared taxonomy might impact your daily record-keeping workflows.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
October 10, 2023
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Newsletter: September 2023

As the seasons shift, our commitment to enhancing your experience in Hortis remains unchanged. In September, we introduced two big features, shared higher ranking taxonomy and interpretation fields, that have a huge impact on the community. Read more about these below.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
October 2, 2023
Community Success Story

Plant records and more: Sculpture by the Lakes achieves prestigious botanic garden accreditation

In our third blogpost in a series commemorating the achievements of Hortis gardens, we travel to the UK, where Sculpture by the Lakes in Dorset attains official Botanic Garden status.

In our third blogpost in a series commemorating the achievements of Hortis gardens, we travel to the UK, where Sculpture by the Lakes in Dorset joins just 83 gardens worldwide with official Botanic Garden status.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
September 20, 2023
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Newsletter: August 2023

While the summer continues in the northern hemisphere, our team at Hortis has also taken a brief respite to recharge. In August, two new features were released that enable you to record mass plantings, and set your personal and organisational profile photos.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
September 4, 2023
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Newsletter: July 2023

Our engineering team has grown, and so has Hortis – bringing you a host of new features based on your feedback. This month, we introduced enhanced tag filtering, user deactivation, support for recording IPEN numbers, and the ability to load custom maps. Read more about July’s highlights and how they can help your garden.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
August 1, 2023
Community Success Story

Paving the way to a world-class botanic garden: James Cook University's Hortis Success Story

In this second instalment of our blogpost series, we continue our journey into the remarkable successes of Hortis gardens worldwide. Today, we hear from Brandan Espe, Environmental Officer/Supervisor, Grounds at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia, about the power of accurate record-keeping and its profound impact on their collection management.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
July 12, 2023
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Newsletter: June 2023

Taxon tagging, several improved map flows, and the ability to create new sites were all features released in June. We continue to make improvements, and this month’s mapping focus has opened up a number of powerful ways to manage your collection directly from the map. Read more about June’s highlights below.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
July 3, 2023
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Hortis at the 2023 APGA annual conference

Earlier this month, we were very excited to have the opportunity to join the annual American Public Gardens Association (APGA) conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

Havard Ostgaard
June 28, 2023
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Newsletter: May 2023

The improved handling of taxonomy in Hortis was this month’s star, allowing gardens to start recording supplemental taxonomic data for their plant collection. We also launched our new referral program, giving you the opportunity to earn discounts by introducing other institutions to Hortis.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
June 1, 2023
Community insights

Plant Records Webinar – Kickstarting your plant records inventory

Inventorying your collections at regular intervals is crucial to ensure that you have reliable plant records data. Our last webinar covered this important topic with three case studies from The Dawes Arboretum, Utrecht University Botanic Garden, and Tohono Chul.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
May 19, 2023
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Newsletter: April 2023

In April, our team focused on enhancing the user experience and unveiled our brand-new logo, carefully crafted to reflect our values and mission. Read more about April’s highlights below.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
May 2, 2023
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Newsletter: March 2023

In March, we added features to help make managing your plant collection even easier. This includes an enhanced dashboard with team activity, easier tag management with filters, and the ability to filter plant materials based on their condition.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
April 3, 2023
Community Success Story

Transforming Record-keeping: Tohono Chul’s Hortis Success Story

Our new blogpost series focuses on the successes of gardens around the world. We invite Hortis gardens to share their experiences with the community, and to help inspire more gardens to improve their record-keeping. In our maiden post, Jamie Maslyn Larson, Executive Director at Tohono Chul in Arizona, US, writes about their situation and how they have improved their collection management practices with Hortis.

Our new blogpost series focuses on the successes of gardens around the world. We invite Hortis gardens to share their experiences with the community, and to help inspire more gardens to improve their record-keeping.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
March 7, 2023
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Newsletter: February 2023

In February, we continued making improvements throughout Hortis. With our new map preview, you can map positions while accessioning, as well as view the location of your material on the individual record. We also released the ability to delete unwanted bed locations. Read more about February’s highlights below.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
March 3, 2023
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Hortis × Species360: Questions and Answers

Earlier this year, the Hortis team joined Species360 to broaden their product portfolio to include botanical record-keeping.On February 1st, we hosted two webinars to share more information about what this means for the zoological and botanical communities and its collective impact on species conservation. Over 350 registrants from 27 countries joined us to learn about this coming-together and our plans for the future.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
February 9, 2023
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Newsletter: January 2023

The Hortis team kicked off 2023 by joining Species360. Thanks to your valuable feedback, we made some requested improvements and deployed a couple of new features. These included accession sorting and filtering, joining and leaving collection sites, and the ability to change your organisation name. Read more about January’s highlights below.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
February 6, 2023
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Exciting news: The Hortis team joins Species360

Species360 is pleased to announce the addition of the plant collection platform Hortis to our product portfolio. Based in the UK and the Netherlands, the team developing Hortis will continue their exciting work together with the software engineers and conservation scientists at Species360.

Havard Ostgaard
January 13, 2023
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Newsletter: November & December 2022

We concluded the last two months of 2022 with some hotly-requested features from the community. Now you can create tags for your records, manage your members’ permissions, and start creating more powerful maps with filters.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
January 5, 2023
Community insights

Best wishes from the Hortis Team

As we approach the end of 2022, we would like to thank all our members for their continued support. 2022 has been a very exciting year for us at Hortis, we started onboarding the first users in late 2021 and now have gardens using the product on 5 continents.

Havard Ostgaard
December 22, 2022
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Newsletter: October 2022

With a busy conference season and new gardens joining every week, we have saved up two months’ worth of highlights to share with you. During September and October we introduced advanced plant material filters and made significant overall improvements across the whole app. We also released our brand new Hortis.com website.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
November 2, 2022
Community insights

Hortis at the 7th Global Botanic Garden Congress

Under the tagline “Influence & Action: Botanic Gardens as Agents of Change”, 500 delegates from 38 countries came together in Melbourne to explore how botanic gardens can play a greater role in shaping our future.

Havard Ostgaard
October 11, 2022
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Newsletter: August 2022

In August, we introduced plant material condition and follow-up cycles, our new billing page, and more depth to existing features. This includes the ability to download your plant material data.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
September 5, 2022
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Newsletter: July 2022

In July, we released the activity log for accession records, added the ability to update your collection sites, and enabled greater control over the photos you upload.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
August 3, 2022
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Hortis 1.0 launched at EuroGard and APGA 2022

For more than a decade, Botanical Software has helped botanic gardens around the world with plant collection management tools, meeting garden staff at conferences, and listening to what you are struggling with in relation to your plant records.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
July 7, 2022
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Newsletter: June 2022

In June, our focus was on finalising mapping and photos, among the most requested features, so they could be made available to all users. We also had time to add a number of other useful capabilities, including the ability to delete accessions and plant materials, and show the full audit log for updates to plant material records.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
July 6, 2022
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Newsletter: May 2022

May’s edition of “What’s New In Hortis” includes the arrival of images, deaccessioning, and inviting new team members to access your collection. We have also enhanced our mapping capabilities and made a number of bug fixes. Read more about our top picks below and take the time to read the “Tip of the month” at the end of the article.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
June 8, 2022
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Newsletter: April 2022

In April’s “What’s New In Hortis”, our headlining feature highlight is the arrival of mapping capabilities. Also featured is the new Settings page to manage your site’s locations, as well as the ability to enter custom accession numbers. Read more about our top picks below.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
May 5, 2022
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Newsletter: March 2022

March is upon us, and in this month’s “What’s New In Hortis”, our feature highlights include improved scientific name search, the ability to add new site locations, and a redesigned Settings page structure. Learn more about selected picks from March below.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
April 6, 2022
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Newsletter: February 2022

In February’s edition of What’s New In Hortis, our feature highlights include a comprehensive audit trail for all plant collection records, a new plant material status filter, and access to experimental features. Learn more about our selected features below.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
March 2, 2022
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Newsletter: January 2022

We are very excited to share our first monthly What’s New In Hortis update with you. With the Hortis platform, our engineers are able to deploy new features at a high rate without you needing to take any action. This means that users all over the world will always have the latest version on their smartphone, tablet and pc.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
February 9, 2022
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Best wishes from the Hortis Team

As we approach the end of 2021, we would like to take the opportunity to thank all of you who have in some way helped us to better understand the community of botanic gardens. In our quest to improve and make life easier for all of you, your contributions and input are vital for us, so a heartfelt thank you goes out to you all.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
December 21, 2021
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Plant Records Webinar – Image Management And The Bigger Picture

In many regions of the world, more than 75% of the population has a smartphone. Consequently, with the technological advancements in smartphone photography, most people have a very good camera within easy reach. Is it thought that since 2010, digital camera sales have dropped by 87% and smartphone sales have increased by 600% in the same period.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
December 18, 2021
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Plant Records Webinar – Healthy Plant Records: Are they achievable?

A healthy plant records database is vital for the effective management of a plant collection. With a neglected database, there are increased chances of running into a series of problems and underutilisation of your collection.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
October 15, 2021
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Plant Records Webinar – Collection Value Scoring

Our last webinar on the 12th of August was all about Collection Value Scoring. No matter the mission and focus of your garden and collection, there is always the question of how you can better understand and communicate the value of your plant collection.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
August 26, 2021
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Hortis: How We’re Rethinking Plant Records

n June, we launched Hortis, our next generation plant collection platform. This was announced at our sponsored workshop during the virtual annual American Public Gardens Association conference. We were pleased that the event, titled “Rethinking Plant Records”, was fully booked with 60 delegates.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
August 9, 2021
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Floria Handheld update and Upcoming Webinar on Collection Value Scoring

Join our next webinar on the 12th August will explore collection value scoring. Details about the event will be sent to all blog subscribers. For more details on how to sign up, visit our plant records webinar page. Hope to see you there.

Havard Ostgaard
August 9, 2021
Community insights

Can technology improve collaboration?

In botanic gardens and collection management, we often find that fruitful collaboration can play a vital role in the garden’s pursuit to reach its goals. The importance of having the ability to innovate and adapt in our industry cannot be overstated. We are continuously presented with exciting new innovations, many of which can radically change the way we perceive actions and processes.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
April 30, 2021
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Augmented Reality: Is this the Future of Plant Records?

The Plant Records Webinar series kicked off on Thursday 3rd December with Dr Waheed Arshad discussing the exciting future of Augmented Reality (AR) in the context of plastic-free plant labelling, botanic garden visitation and the communication of plant collections.

Waheed Arshad, PhD
February 2, 2021
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