cloth, 226 pp., $39.95
An excellent and informative resource for botanical gardens, this guide for garden trustees, administrators, and curatorial staff covers a wide range of management issues that regularly challenge those working in living museums. Author Timothy Hohn emphasizes the need for well-constructed governance and management policies that are clearly communicated to staff. Among the many areas covered are determining the goals for acquisitions; how to construct and care for collections; and the importance of the sustainability of collections. In addition, he advises that careful documentation must be maintained for purposes of collection, evaluation, preservation, and research. He also discusses the staff’s role in interpretive and educational programs for the public, an obligation of all museums. This handbook provides an overview of operations in a typical botanical garden, providing insight for both professionals and the public.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden