When Tequesquite Community Garden opened in Riverside, California in 2013, the 100 individual garden plots spread over the 5-acre site and the many individual plot holders working at different times posed a challenge for the garden's volunteer managers. They needed a map-based application that would allow them to easily communicate observed issues and conditions to plot holders, even those they did not personally know.
In these lessons, you'll first learn how to use the basic mapping tools in ArcMap to build a pleasing basemap of the garden layer by layer. You'll then publish the basemap to the web as a tiled map service, using custom scale settings to allow extreme close-up zooming. Finally, you'll publish the individual plot boundaries as a feature service that can be accessed on a plot-by-plot basis in the finished map product—a mobile-friendly email application.
While focused on an actual community garden, this workflow is applicable to a wide range of public spaces, including arboretums, botanical gardens, campuses, cemeteries, display gardens, historical landscapes, natural reserves, parks, private estates, zoos, or any managed landscape. This is a relatively small site example. For more advanced information about using the ArcGIS platform for public gardens of all sizes, visit the ArcGIS Online for Public Gardens Solutions web site which includes numerous examples and templates.
|Make a basemap||Add layers to create a basemap of Tequesquite Community Garden.||30 minutes|
|Publish a basemap as a tiled map service||Create appropriate scale levels for a large-scale map and publish it online.||30 minutes|
|Publish an operational layer and configure the app||Create a separate feature service layer of garden plots and a plot holder notification application.||30 minutes|