Here at the Gardens, we have some pretty amazing tools that we’re excited to launch. The first, IrisBG, is a collections-management database that allows us to keep records of every planting in our living collections. As you can imagine, this has absolutely revolutionized the way we manage plant data here at the Gardens.
Second, Garden Explorer is a link to that database, a tool that allows you, our visitors, the opportunity to interact with our living collections in an entirely new way. Have a favorite plant? Find it by searching either the common or scientific name in Garden Explorer. Interested in the plants growing in a certain garden area? Search by garden location to learn more. Garden Explorer is updated in real time, so as we make changes to the living collections, visitors will see the updates.
Garden Explorer can be a fun, spontaneous tool to use as you walk through the Gardens, but it can also allow you to plan and personalize your visit before, and even after, you arrive. Are you a peony lover? You can use this tool to look up all the peony cultivars we have on-site before arriving, then plan your day accordingly. After visiting, anyone can look up or reference any of the plants that caught their eye.
Are you as excited as we are? (We thought so!)
To access Garden Explorer visit Garden Explorer or scan the QR code on our Garden Explorer sign at the Lyn and Daniel Lerner Visitor Center.