The North American Plant Collections Consortium (NAPCC) is a network of public gardens working together in a continent-wide program of plant preservation. NAPCC promotes the highest standards of plant collections management. Administered by the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the NAPCC strives to recognize excellence in plant collections management through a comprehensive application and peer review process.
NAPCC identifies public gardens with the best plant management, preservation, and curation practices. NAPCC-approved collections are the authoritative sources for properly documented plants available for distribution to public gardens, researchers, the horticultural industry, and the conservation community among others.
In 1996, Mt. Cuba Center became one of the first public gardens in America to be recognized by NAPCC for excellence in collections management with the approval of our eastern North American wild gingers (Hexastylis). Since that time, Mt. Cuba Center’s Hexastylis collection has continued to diversify, now containing 33 taxa and 10 species in the collection represented by more than 81 accessions. Portions of the collection are displayed within the naturalistic gardens and the remainder is managed in Mt. Cuba Center’s research lath house.
In 2001, Mt. Cuba Center was again recognized for significant plant expertise by receiving NAPCC member status as an official holder for the genus Trillium. During more than two decades, Mt. Cuba Center staff has propagated, developed and cultivated trilliums, becoming the foremost institutional authority in North America with this group of plants. At present, the collection includes 74 taxa represented by more than 571 accessions. As with Hexastylis, Mt. Cuba Center’s NAPCC Trillium collection is integrated into the naturalistic gardens providing inspiring examples of garden use. Trilliums are also maintained in our research lath house where work is conducted on seed propagation, production, hybridization and selection.