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Sustainable Gardens - Survey Responses

Number 8 - November 2005

Sarah Dixon

Your examples of botanic gardens engaging with sustainability:

  • Orto Botanico Palermo
  • At Paignton Zoo and Botanical Gardens, we are accredited to ISO 14001 and have an environmental management system that helps us to monitor our environmental performance and reduce our environmental impact.
  • Mexico is represented by 36 species of native bamboos, 15 are endemic species. Most are relatively unknown and some only have botanical descriptions. Consecuently, we developed a project titled “Mexican Native Bamboos” in three phases, the first phase includes the formation of the National Collection of Mexican bamboos in the botanical garden “Francisco Javier Clavijero” of the Ecology Institute (INECOL). The first phase was iniciated with the financial support of the American Bamboo Society (ABS) and Bamboo of the Americas (BOTA) represented by Gib Cooper, with collaboration between the Technological lnstitute of Chetumal (ITCh) represented by BSc. Gilberto Cortes and the Ecology Institute (INECOL) represented by Dr. Teresa Mejia. The second phase includes vegetative propagation of selected bamboo species with financial support of INECOL. The third phase is to include studies about uses in construction, conservation, and insects associated with bamboos. INECOL is a center of this research in Mexico : After two and a half years working on the first phase of the project with institutional collaboration and enthusiastic people we received recognition for the bamboo collection from the Mexican Association of Botanical Gardens A. C. The collection will be open to public for the first time on November 17, 2005. Program for this event will include conferences, exhibition and sales of handicrafts and furniture made with bamboo. Dr. Teresa Mejia-Saulés INECOL-Researcher: Email: and
  • Little seems to be done. Some gardens discuss low-impact operations (recycling, low water use, energy efficiency) etc. and call it sustainability. For the most part there are very few programmes that really define what they mean by sustainability or in fact implement it.
  • Involved with conservation programmes that benefit indigenous peoples with financial and training support. Encourage in situ habitat conservation where possible or ex situ in 'safe sites' to return to habitats where possible.
  • Education programs which teach composting, organics, conservation, water wise, and rotational gardening principles.
  • Many botanical gardens in Europe and North America are more concerned of sustainability development. Most gardens make composts, and use biological pest control. Botanical gardens in developing countries don't put it as top priority. Especially if the managers/administrators do not understand the importance of conservation.
  • I have not visited much Botanical Garden. Heard only about Kew garden and read a little bit
  • Not a botanic garden but Wildwoods logging operation in BC, Canada is a sustainable, yet profitable operation. Merv Wilkinson is the proponent and operator
  • This Garden is working with native local people above the use of medicinal plants for domestic use, also promoving familiar gardens to grow medicinal plants.
  • Despite the mission to do the above and vigourously engage target populations in helping them adopt sustainability practices, the gardens in our poverty ridden countries increasing do only paid jobs and at best present their side of the conservation realities and objectives without investing in challenging route to change people's practices.
  • At the Geelong Botanic Gardens we are developing a sustainability Audit process with an organisation called Sustainable Gardening Australia
  • Botanic Garden, National Botanical Research Institute, INDIA is practicing the principles of sustainability by imparting training on commercial floriculture to the rural youth and progressive farmers to be self sufficient by using the expertise developed by the Botanic Graden leading to employment generation and upliftment of the poor.
  • Working with the rural folk, teaching how to best wild-craft medicinal plants which is there livelihood and to lessen the impact on endangered species
  • Kew and the RHS teach people about sustainability here and abroad.
  • St Kilda Botanic Gardens has a Eco House on the side of the gardens which teachers and demonstates sustainability.
  • Westonbirt Arboretum
  • Adelaide Botanic Gardens in Australia has united with a major developer and numerous government bodies to not only define sustainable landscapes in their city and promote their need but also to guide development plans and the government's policies in this area.
  • Existe la educaciòn en los jardines botanicos con el manejo y trabajo de los poseedores del conocimiento (grupos sociales) de la comunidad aledaña
  • Belize Botanic Gardens visitor centre is made with materials and systems that cause the least impact and includes rainwater collection, greywater plant filtration system, composting toilets, it is constructed primarily of locally made clay bricks and renewable bamboo.
  • Botanic Gardens of Adelaide - hosts Sustainable Landscapes Project, a partnership project that aims to improve the way that urban landscapes are designed and created to make them more sustainable.
  • Jardines botanicos que promueven la elaboraciòn de composta con sus propios desechos vegetales provenientes de las labores de limpieza. Difusiòn y progaciòn sobre el uso u manejo de plantas medicinales en la cultura indigena maya.
  • All organisations who participate in GPPC have undertaken a commitment to attempt to achieve by 2010 the following ; that 30% of of plant based products will be derived form sources that are sustainably managed and that decline in of plant resources, indigenous local knowlwdge will be halted and innovations and practices that support sustainable livelihoods will be encouraged and promoted.
  • Putrajaya Agriculture Heritage Park provides edutainment activities for visitors and its approach varies from toddlers, professionals, tourists and general public. Since its opening in August 2003, the park has able to promote conservation effort as well as creating awareness on the importance of commercial crops such rubber, oil palm and cocoa to the growth of the country before industrialization actually took its place. Today, the emphasis is towards promoting agro-culture in alleviating poverty as well as reduce the balance of trade in the country.
  • Composting, retreat the furniture with the used wood

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