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August 2, 2020

“Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge” | Claude Monet (1897-1899) | Princeton University Art Museum


“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin”

— William Shakespeare


From time to time we break form from our decision-making about how to lower the cost of our “cities-within-cities” to enjoy the work of our colleagues responsible for the gardens around buildings, and within the botanical instructional and research settings.  We break away from the stream of standards governing best practice for libraries from time to time (CLICK HERE).  Today we do the same with gardens.  As the Roman statesman Cicero said: “If you have a garden in your library, everything will be complete.”

Like everything else that isn’t nailed down there are 10 regulators for every 1 innovator.  We find a quickening of standards developing organizations growing their footprint in the spaces around buildings*.  As we are fond of saying “Standards are the seed corn for compliance revenue”.

We are happy to show you the gathering pace of standards-setting for the spaces between buildings any day, and to anyone, at 11 AM EST during our daily standing online teleconferences.   Today, let’s just enjoy them.

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University of Michigan

Michigan State University

Freie Universität Berlin

Kent State University


Uniwersytet Warszawski

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore


Bard College / New York

Michigan State University Healing Garden

Japanese Garden | Normandale Community College Minnesota

东北师范大学 | Northeast Normal University | Changchun, Jilin, China

University of Michigan | Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Shenandoah University | Winchester, Virginia

Princeton University Secret Garden | Photo by Sarah Ly

King’s College | London, United Kingdom


École Normale Supérieure | Paris, France

Arizona Cactus Garden | Stanford University

Duke University / North Carolina

Oxford University

University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum



University of Helsinki Botanical Garden

University of Notre Dame / South Bend, Indiana

University of Tromsø the Arctic University of Norway

Florida Tech Botanical Garden

University of Nottingham

Smith University Botanical Garden

Aarhus University | Denmark


High Point University | North Carolina

Universiteit Stellenbosch | Western Cape, South Africa


Louisiana State University

Rutgers University

Great Court University of Queensland Australia

University of Oklahoma

Wageningen University | The Netherlands

More coming.





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