The first version of Arboretum Explorer launched on Lilac Sunday in 2013. We are now on version 4 of the application and with it a lot of added functionality. You can search for and identify plants, add plants to a list for download, upload a list of plants to the map, view seasonal highlights, take self-guided tours, create your own tours, link to resources for plant information, and much more. Bookmark Arboretum Explorer on your phone’s internet browser and tap into a wealth of information on the 15,000 plants in our landscape.
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Build your own tour
You can use “My Visit” to collect a list of plants and build your own tour. You can do this by using the Search or clicking on plants on the map, and then adding plants to “My Visit”. Or you can upload a list of plants if you know their accession numbers (see instructions below). Once the plants are in “My Visit”, you can drag and drop a row to reorder them. To print the map with your numbered plants, click on the “Download your map” icon that is in the upper right corner of the map. To print the associated plant data, click on My Visit in the top menu, and then click on the download your data icon (disc with down arrow) to save the information to a csv file. If you want the map and numbered list together, you can take a screenshot.
Uploading a list of plants to Explorer
- First make sure you save a .csv (comma separated) file (in Excel, choose “Save as” and select the csv file format). The list of accession numbers should be in the first column of the file, with or without the qualifier (e.g., 1234-65 or 1234-65*C).
- Open Explorer and navigate to “My Visit”.
- Click the upload icon (disc with up arrow) and select your file.
- Click Import.
Your plants will be added to the map. You can click and drag plants up or down to reorder them. If you want to add plant name label layers to your selection, click the globe icon to add your plants to the current data view. Then click on “Layers” in the top menu and zoom in close enough so the checkbox appears for the text layers.