The North American Plant Collections Consortium (NAPCC) is a network of botanical gardens and arboreta working to coordinate a continent-wide approach to plant germplasm preservation. NAPCC was organized by the American Public Gardens Association and the USDA Agricultural Research Service to identify national collections of plant species. In addition to displaying and preserving plants, germplasm in these plant collections may be shared with researchers and assayed for resistance to new pests or diseases and as sources of germplasm for new plant introduction or breeding efforts. For more information, go to http://www.publicgardens.org/content/what-napcc.
NAPCC already has identified national collections for more than 35 genera or groups (http://www.publicgardens.org/content/napcc-collections-name). Some, like Sarracenia (pitcher plants), are held by one institution (i.e., Atlanta Botanical Garden). Other genera have diverse climatic ranges and require multiple locations. Magnolia is one of these, and is one of the newest groups being authorized by NAPCC. The National Collection of Magnolia will encompass 16 sites, including southeastern US sites of the Atlanta Botanical Garden, JC Raulston Arboretum, the South Carolina Botanical Garden, Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories Arboretum and the Magnolia Garden at the University of Florida North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC) in Quincy, Florida. A Magnolia Field Day will be held at NFREC on Sat., Feb. 18, to showcase the collection of magnolias and celebrate its inclusion in the Multi-site Collection of Magnolia. For more information, go to http://nfrec.ifas.ufl.edu/events/Magnolia_Day_2012.pdf.