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Heritage plants in museum environment - three museum gardens in south western Finland

Heinonen, Maarit; Hartikainen, Merja; Antonius, Kristiina; Kinnanen, Hilma and Pihlman, Sirkku (2011) Heritage plants in museum environment - three museum gardens in south western Finland. Paper at: Biodiversity in agriculture - lessons learned and future directions, NJF seminar 436, Ulvik in Hardanger, Norway, 24-26 May 2011.

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Summary

Heritage plants are not commonly presented to visitors in museum gardens. In
many cases, there is not much knowledge of the plants. For example, there is
lack of knowledge of their cultivation history or variety names.
In the pilot museum gardens we combine gathered knowledge (e.g. plant
identification data to cultivation history) and utilize it in designing demonstration
material for presenting heritage plants, their histories and their potential for
present and future use. Demonstration material includes exhibitions, thematic
and drama guidance, www-pages, brochures, maps, signs for individual plants or
parts of the garden.
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Heritage plants maintained and demonstrated in museum gardens enable to
mediate information of plant genetic resources to visitors through different
senses: touching, tasting and smelling and with visual perception. Information
received from different angles and with concrete ways may help visitors to better
understand the value of plant genetic resources. The abstract concept of
agrobiodiversity can became more tangible to laypersons and they can make their
own thoughts on agrobiodiversity.


EPrint Type:Conference paper, poster, etc.
Type of presentation:Paper
Keywords:heritage plants, museum environment
Subjects: Environmental aspects > Biodiversity and ecosystem services
Research affiliation: Finland > MTT Agrifood Research
Finland > Other organizations
Related Links:http://www.mtt.fi/english
Deposited By: Koistinen, Riitta
ID Code:19710
Deposited On:15 Nov 2011 11:21
Last Modified:15 Nov 2011 11:21
Document Language:English
Status:Published
Refereed:Not peer-reviewed

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