The development of a computerised information retrieval system called Hortbase is described. Hortbase has been designed to meet the information needs of the professions involved with decorative plant usage in the landscape, and is composed of two constituent databases, Plantbase and Climatebase. Plantbase supplies information on the environmental tolerances, husbandry requirements and morphological and aesthetic characteristics of decorative plants. Climatebase provides information on key climatic limitations to plant growth and development for any planting location in England and Wales. The design of the databases and the quantification of climatic factors and plant characteristics is discussed together with the influence of factors such as traditional information sources, fashion, plant availability, and contemporary cultivation thought and practice in determining plant use and success in the landscape.
|Date of Award||1984|