Plant Finder & Interactive Map (ABE)
NOTE: Photos are currently unavailable in ABE, although the application remains fully functional otherwise. We are working to resolve the problem as quickly as possible.
Welcome to the U.S. National Arboretum’s new and improved (version 2, released 11/16/2020) Arboretum Botanical Explorer, or as we like to call it, “ABE”*. Combining our plant records, GIS maps, and images, ABE is a powerful yet fun and easy-to-use search and mapping tool for researchers, die-hard plant lovers, and novice gardeners alike. Detailed information about the Arboretum’s accessioned plants is available by clicking right on the map, using the simple search box, the responsive plant name browse, or the more complex structured search. An exciting new feature is the randomized image carousel; scroll through it to see endless images of plants, and then click any image to see the plant’s detailed information and location on the grounds. You can also use ABE to plan your visit to a particular must-see plant, download detailed accession data, or just have a look around.
ABE is optimized for viewing on a computer with a mouse, but can work with any pointing device. Zoom in and out using your mouse’s scrolling wheel or the on-screen controller, or on a keyboard using key combination ctrl+ (to zoom in) or ctrl- (to zoom out). Click, hold and drag the cursor to pan the map in any direction, and click on any circle to see detailed information about the plant or plants it represents, along with any photos. You can add any plant to My Plant List, a feature that will let you export all of the accession information for plants saved to the list into a downloadable .CSV file.
We’re always hard at work mapping more plants, taking more pictures, and making improvements to ABE. We welcome your feedback! Email Stefan Lura (email@example.com) with your comments and suggestions.
*The acronym also recalls the founder of the United States Department of Agriculture, President Abraham Lincoln. The Arboretum is part of the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service.