Cartezan is a new company founded to continue the innovative work of the Alliance for Public Gardens GIS and the Esri ArcGIS for Parks and Gardens solution program that is dedicated to creating professional geographic information solutions for landscape management and conservation.

While we are not devout followers of the French philosopher, René Descartes, who are called Cartesians, our work would not be possible without the coordinate system that was named after him.

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Cartesian coordinate noun

any of three coordinates that locate a point in space and measure its distance from any of three intersecting coordinate planes

“Cartesian coordinate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Cartesian%20coordinate. Accessed 29 Apr. 2022.

At Cartezan, we believe that if you can’t be present in the landscape, a geographic information system (GIS) is the next best thing. A GIS uses variations on the Cartesian coordinate system to visually locate, collect, manage, and present just about any kind of information you can gather about the features in your landscape.

When our founder was tasked with mapping the landscape and living plant collections of the UC Davis Arboretum in 2005 it quickly became apparent that there was a great need for standards and intuitive tools for managing and sharing geographic information at public gardens. Through funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and collaboration with botanical gardens and zoos worldwide, the Alliance for Public Gardens GIS and the ArcGIS Public Garden Data Model were established. This work was continued through the Esri ArcGIS for Parks and Gardens solutions program, and has now evolved into Cartezan to serve arboreta, botanical gardens, campuses, cemeteries, golf courses, parks, zoos, and all managed landscapes.

Cartezan is here to help you with every stage of your mapping project from planning your mapping system to launching a mobile interpretive application for your visitors. Through our work as the Alliance for Public Gardens GIS we have helped institutions like the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Mount Auburn Cemetery, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, and many more launch and grow successful GIS programs. We encourage you to explore our products, services and resources to discover how Cartezan can help you and your organization with all of your landscape mapping needs and to contact us with any questions.

Leadership Team

Our experienced leadership team excels at the intersection of technology and the landscape…

Brian Morgan

Brian Morgan

Brian is a geographic information system expert with degrees in computer science, landscape architecture and geography, and over 20 years of applied training and experience working with institutions such as University of California, Davis, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, and Esri.

He is the lead developer of the Landscape Information Model and the Executive Director of the Alliance for Public Gardens GIS where he helps gardens launch mapping programs and teaches GIS.


Jodi Healy

Jodi Healy

Jodi is a horticulturist with a strong background in data management. Jodi recently completed her Master’s Degree in Geographic Information Science at Vancouver Island University and is a graduate of the B.Sc. Plant Biology program at The University of Guelph. Jodi spent 10 years working at Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, Ontario, Canada where she worked as Gardens Manager, Curator of Annual Display and Plant Records Coordinator.

In addition to her time with Cartezan she also works independently providing horticultural services, instructing courses at the University of Guelph and Mohawk College and delivering seminars at Landscape Ontario.




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Let us know how we can help you and your organization with your landscape mapping needs by sending us an email or give us a call.



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Incline Village, NV 89450-4549
United States