In December an exciting new search functionality was added to the Botanic Garden website which allows the public to search the plant collections at the Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum. This marks an important landmark in one of the key objectives of OBGA, which is to enhance the educational accessibility of the collections for the general public.
This site allows anyone to view what plants are growing across our three collections (Gardens, Glasshouses & Arboretum), highlights some of our core collections (e.g. carnivorous plants, Euphorbias, conifers), and even plots localities of certain taxa. Whilst all living plant records are now viewable, only a limited number of individual taxa are mapped with associated images – specifically the Botanic Garden tree collection.
In time, the tree collection at the Arboretum will be plotted and mapped and their associated images will be linked to the living plant records. Linking both the OBGA and Herbarium database is also imminent, which will provide a comprehensive online resource of botanical collections held by the University of Oxford.
We would like to extend our thanks to both Denis Filer and Andrew Liddell (Department of Plant Sciences) for facilitating this project and providing all the technical support.
To visit and use our new collection search function, visit: http://herbaria.plants.ox.ac.uk/bol/obga
With support from Denis Filer and Andrew Liddell