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Chester M Alter Arboretum

Living Collections Searchable Plant Inventory

The Chester M Arboretum's living collections database, BG-BASE, is online and can be searched by entering one or more words of a scientific or common plant name (omit authorities, cultivar indicators, or intraspecific epithets(s)):

Enter latin name or common name  


  • Entries can be either upper or lower case.
  • Use * or ] as a wildcard character.
  • For example, to search for all values starting with Magnolia, enter Magnolia* or Magnolia]
  • Multiple search criteria should be separated by a comma.
  • For example, to look up both Sequoiadendron giganteum (Lindl.) Buchholz and Rhododendron prunifolium (Small) Millais enter Sequoiadendron giganteum, Rhododendron prunifolium.

Living accessions can be located on the grounds by referencing a grid number. For instance, a Rocky Mountain Juniper (Juniperus scopulorum) specimen is located in grid number B8A016. This location can be matched to an area on the grounds using this AutoCad grid map.