Living collections are vital holdings in botanical and public gardens, which come in direct contact with meteorological elements every day. This direct exposure is, most of the time, what plants need to survive. Alternatively, this direct contact with the elements may also cause destruction during extreme weather conditions that the plants are not adapted to. During wind storms, ice storms, freezing temperatures, tornadoes, hurricanes, and fire events, plants that are un-adapted can be permanently damaged if not killed. This thesis examines the natural disaster planning process in public gardens, specifically focusing on the mitigation of damage to plant specimens.
Thesis research is a concurrent embedded approach of mixed methodology, including two national public garden surveys, three case studies, and nine onsite interviews with botanical institutions that have experienced disaster. Data from this research indicates that over two thirds of American public gardens do not have disaster protection plans in place for their collections. It was also found that preventative mitigation and protection measures were not as important to the public garden community as pre-disaster planning for an expedited post-disaster recovery. A natural disaster planning template was formulated as a result of this research, to aid public gardens in the disaster planning process.
|Advisor:||Lyons, Robert E.|
|Commitee:||Griffith, Patrick, Hess Norris, Debra|
|School:||University of Delaware|
|Department:||Department of Plant and Soil Science|
|School Location:||United States -- Delaware|
|Source:||MAI 48/01M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Collections, Management, Natural disasters, Plant collections|
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