Planning and Preparation

Most of my blog posts are practical or photographic. Today I want to share briefly the mundane but essential records keeping required for the tropical collection. The collection inventory I posted about a while ago is complete. Now I’m preparing work lists and materials estimates for the collection.

The project has budget constraints, the garden is stretched. It’s therefore important to know the upcoming materials and labour required for the collection. The inventory revealed the tropical collection contains over 500 taxa. Between seeds sown and on order there are a further hundred taxa coming in. It’s a magnificent collection.

Good records will help me hand the management of the plants over, when I leave in a few weeks. Dave (Scholar) and Rottem (Nursery/Garden staff) will take over the collection. Over the coming weeks I will work with them and show them what I’ve been doing. They will be planting the collection in the tropical conservatory in September. Below are some pictures of the excel sheets I’m using.