Trees are alive but have a finite life cycle – a beginning, a middle and an end. The end of that life cycle is overlooked by many, but public gardens must anticipate turnover in trees, especially in the context of climate change.

Montgomery Botanical Center, in collaboration with BGCI-US, seeks feedback to guide development of a study focused on tree collections turnover. Our preferred deadline is September 14, 2020. Please contact Patrick Griffith with any questions (

 Many thanks for your time and input!

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* 1. The items below seek to examine how well gardens are planning for turnover in their tree collections:

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a. Loss of trees impacts our visitors’ experience.
b. Since our garden was founded, our tree collections have seen unanticipated change.
c. I can anticipate the average lifespan of trees in our collection.
d. Climate change may make it necessary to replace part of our tree collection.
e. Our institution has a plan and schedule to replace important trees.
f. Our institution has a disaster management plan specific to tree collections.
g. A disaster plan would be better informed by understanding average tree lifespan in the collection.
h. Estimating replacement dates for trees would improve our operations and our visitor experience.
i. I would likely attend a webinar or workshop on this topic in the future.

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* 2. OPTIONAL: Please use this space to provide your name and contact information if you would like to know more, and also use this space to share your thoughts and observations on tree collection turnover.

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