NAPCC, a program of the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta (AABGA), is a network of botanical gardens which take "official responsibility" for collecting and preserving specific plant groups and the genetic resources they represent. NAPCC member collections may focus on any plant group, large or small, and can include plants that are:
- rare or endangered in the wild or are from areas with difficult or restricted access;
- exhibit disease and pest resistance;
- are adaptable to a range of environmental conditions;
- have significant ornamental or historical value.
NAPCC and the National Plant Germplasm System (NPGS) collaborate in the collection and preservation of these plant genetic resources. The NPGS is a network of organizations and people dedicated to preserving the genetic diversity of crop plants. The national system collects plant germplasm from all over the world, including the United States. Curators and other scientists preserve, evaluate, and catalog this germplasm and distribute it to people with a valid use. Members of the NPGS include Federal, State, and private organizations and research units. Coordinating the system is the Agricultural Research Service, principal research agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
While the policy of the National Plant Germplasm System is to freely distribute it's germplasm to people with a valid use, each NAPCC member institution distributes germplasm according to it's own policy. This may require that a requester agree to certain restrictions on the use of the germplasm and it's derivatives.
By clicking on the name of the Consortium member you will be linked to the Homepage for the garden. Clicking on the collection will either link you to the inventory section of the collections WEB page or the name and address of the collection curator who can be contacted directly on the institution's distribution policies and the collection inventory.
North American Plants Collections Consortium MembersArboretum at Arizona State University -- Phoenix dactylifera
Arnold Arboretum -- Tsuga, Carya, Syringa, Acer, Fagus.
Atlanta Botanical Garden -- Madagascar palms.
Bok Tower Gardens -- Endangered species
Brooklyn Botanic Garden -- Forsythia
Denver Botanic Garden -- Aquatics
Fairchild Tropical Garden -- Cycads
Haverford College Arboretum -- Pinus
Henry Foundation for Botanical Research -- native Magnolia (12 species).
Highstead Arboretum -- Kalmia
Holden Arboretum -- Rhododendron
Huntington Botanical Gardens -- Camellia (species and cultivars)
Morton Arboretum -- Malus (species and cultivars)
Mt. Cuba Center -- Asarum (native species)
Norfolk Botanical Garden -- Camellia
North Carolina Arboretum -- Native Azaleas
Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden -- Rhododendron (subsection; Fortunei)
Royal Botanical Gardens -- Syringa, Clematis (species)
Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College -- Frorer Holly Collection.
Strybing Arboretum and Botanical Garden -- New World Cloud Forest
Tyler Arboretum -- Rhododendron
U.S. National Arboretum -- Buxus (hardy)
Washington Park Arboretum Foundation -- Ilex