Keeping It Organized

Tue., May. 31, 2022

By Greg Wright, Nursery Manager

Plants growing in the Nursery

Most plants that are planted on the grounds at Holden Forests & Gardens, especially at the Arboretum spend time in the nursery.  Many plants we propagate here, but we also purchase some in from growers both near and far.  These plants may be here from a few weeks to a few years depending on their end use. 

But how do we get these plants ready for the horticulturists to plant in the garden? Because we are a living museum, every plant is accessioned into the collection so that we can track and have accurate records of what we have, where it came from, where it is located on the property, etc. The nursery has an inventory of what plants are located here.

Planting list

When the horticulturists and the Collections Curator decide to plant a plant, the Curator lists these plants on a Planting List with their accession number.  These lists are sent to me, and nursery staff print out labels to tag these plants for each specific garden. After we have located and tagged the requested plants, I send the list to the respective horticulturist letting them know that they are ready for planting.

Plants tagged ready for horticulturists

Once the plants are planted in the ground, the horticulturists update the list with the new location and then sends it to the Plant Records Curator.  He takes the list and updates the plant records database indicating that the plant has moved from the nursery to its specific location in the gardens. The Planting List is an important tracking tool for keeping accurate curatorial records.

Greg Wright

Greg Wright

Nursery Manager

Greg Wright is the Nursery Manager at the Arboretum campus. Greg has degrees in horticulture and landscape architecture. He started his career at the Arboretum in 1999 as a manager in the Education department after completing an education master plan for the USU Botanical Center as part of his Landscape Architecture degree. Within the education department, he managed our Intern Program and the Landscape Horticulture Certificate program that we had at the time. Greg transferred over to the nursery in fall of 2004 as a Nursery Technician and began managing the Nursery in 2007.


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