Overview of IrisBG

IrisBG comes with a comprehensive set of standard modules. In addition a set of optional modules are available.
You can tailor the configuration so it meets your requirements and budget.


  • IrisBG is a modern and efficient professional software and database solution for botanical collections.
  • The system is a complete solution and is used by botanical gardens, arboreta and large estates around the world.
  • Our vision is to provide a simple to use and worry-free solution at a favourable total cost.
  • Multi-user, multi-collection and multi-language support are built-in to the system.


Standard Package
Our Standard Package contains a comprehensive set of functionality and collection data, such as:
  • Accessions with plant and determination history, plant mapping, collectors, origin, material, permits, references, parentage, etc.
  • Taxa with synonyms, common names, description, occurrence, conservation status, references, parentage, etc.
  • Taxonomic hierarchy with genera, families, orders, etc.
  • Images for accessions and taxa.
  • Localities and garden locations with map plotting.
  • Map plotting of plants.
  • Reports for viewing or export to Excel or text files. Export to BGCI and GBIF (Darwin Core Archive) are supported.
  • Maps for localities, garden locations and plants.
  • Labels using Word templates or exported to Excel or text files for import to label software.
  • Tasks, Exchanges, Inspections, Tours and Funding for management of the collection.
  • Management of Features, Contacts, Personnel, Library and Permits.
  • User authorization using roles allowing detailed access control.
  • Code lists used throughout the system to validate user input.
  • User defined custom fields for taxa and accessions.
  • System Tasks for various needs such as upload to the Web Explorer.
  • Integrated Task Scheduler to automate system tasks, reports, data export and data import.

Please note that mapping support requires the optional Mapping module.


Display maps and update map coordinates for plants, garden locations and features, and accession localities.
  • Use your own maps or choose between a wide range of internet maps, including Google maps, Bing maps, OpenStreetMap, etc.
  • Several coordinate systems are supported.
  • Map data can be exported in various formats for import to other map systems.
Web Explorer
Share your plant collection to the public with maps, tours and searchable plant lists. Check outhow gardens use the Web Explorer.
  • Use in web browsers on desktops, tablets and smartphones.
  • Contains pages for search, map, taxon and plant details with mapping, taxon name list, features and tours.
  • Styled to match the layout, fonts and colours used on your main website.
  • Use your own maps or choose between a wide range of internet maps, including Google maps, Bing maps, OpenStreetMap, etc.
  • Built-in support for GPS, QR codes and multiple languages.
  • Upload data on demand or use the integrated IrisBG Task Scheduler.

Please note that complete multilingual support requires the optional Multilingual Data module.

Store Management
Prepare catalogues to offer your plant material (e.g. Index Seminum or other material) to other gardens or to the public.
  • Can be published as PDF's and/or uploaded to the Web Store.
  • Handle orders and print labels for the material.
Web Store
Publish your store catalogues (e.g. Index Seminum) on the web. Check outhow gardens use the Index Seminum.
  • Receive orders directly and avoid the typing.
  • Upload your catalogue and optionally your customer list.
  • Notify customers by e-mail when a new catalogue is available.
  • Order confirmations will be sent by e-mail to the customer and to your garden.
Preserved Material
Record other material than the living plant collection.
  • Define own types (e.g. Herbarium specimens, seeds, DNA material).
  • Define code lists related to each type (e.g. status).
Data Import
Import data directly from files.
  • Work-saving when entering large amounts of data.
  • Input validation is the same as when data is entered manually.
  • Supported file types are XLSX (Excel) and CSV.

Please note that complete multilingual support requires the optional Multilingual Data module.

Multilingual Data
Enter data using different languages in dedicated fields.
  • Fully supported for reports and labels.
  • Fully supported by the Data Import module.
  • Automatically included and handled by the Web Explorer module.
  • Check outour multilingual support for right-to-left languages in the Web Explorer.