NACPEC was started in 1991 as loose confederation of American institutions with an interest in collecting new material of Chinese plants, and started off with a preliminary, mostly diplomatic visit to China that autumn. Twelve expeditions have now been completed, each bringing back valuable material that has strengthened the plant collections of many of North America's most important collections, including the US National, Arnold, Holden, Morris and Morton Arboretums, Longwood Gardens and the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden. NACPEC has also benefited Chinese institutions and botanists who have taken part in expeditions or received training in the United States. Reciprocation of plant material to Chinese gardens has also been possible, making this a very positive collaboration in every way.
|Corylus fargesii NACPEC05-047, at the Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia, April 2009|
|Corylus fargesii bark|
Printed copies of Arnoldia are provided to Members of the Arnold Arboretum, but the journal is very generously - and most usefully - made available online by Harvard University. I heartily recommend it to anyone with an interest in the history of plant introductions, and congratulate the authors and expedition members on this important anniversary.