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Cultivate 58: Springing into action

- April 2016

Liliana Derewnicka



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  No. 58 (April 2016)
Cultivate from BGCI
Springing into Action

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Dear Cultivate readers,

We have a great deal of exciting things to share with you in this issue! We have news and updates, new publications for you to download and upcoming events to get involved in.

While we love putting all our news together for you, collating and compiling the contents of Cultivate takes some considerable time and effort. If you are not already a member of BGCI through your institution or as an individual, please consider becoming a BGCI Friend. This costs just £15 per year, and will help us to cover our costs. Sign up.

Many thanks,




Celebrating an Anniversary

Happy 1st Birthday to The Global Seed Conservation Challenge - supporting and challenging botanic gardens to conserve threatened species through seed banking. Prizes will be awarded to gardens that excel at BGCI’s 6th Global Botanic Gardens Congress in Geneva 2017. To enter the competition, upload your seed data to PlantSearch now. Read more or contact for more information.


Supporting conservation action

BGCI and RBGE: conserving Bhutan’s Sacred Cypress

A team from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is working with local officials in Bhutan's Dangchu Valley to help develop and implement an integrated conservation programme for the Tsenden, Bhutan's national tree, thanks to funding sourced by BGCI. Read more


Building capacity for plant conservation

Forest Restoration Training in East Africa

This training course was hosted by Brackenhurst Botanic Garden in Kenya. Attended by 25 participants, the course provided practical skills and information to improve forest restoration and achieve long-standing results. Read more 

Modern Plant Conservation Techniques Training in Fiji

The course was held in Fiji between 4-8 April, 2016. Topics covered Red Listing, GIS and the use of spatial data, species distribution modelling, population and community monitoring and ex situ conservation. Read more

Observatree/ISPN Conference

The 2 day event was attended by over 160 people from 19 countries and explored the power of tree and plant health early warning systems in preventing the introduction and/or spread of damaging invasive organisms. Read more  or download talks 

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Dates for your diary

Communities in Nature webinars

Held on the last Wednesday of the month for five months, the webinars will support you to grow the social role of your garden. Join us at 4pm on 25th May as Ian Edwards from Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh kicks us off with a discussion about making your garden accessible. More information 


Let it Grow campaign launch

The public launch of the campaign will be on 22nd May. If you haven’t signed up yet, head over to the Let it Grow website and start promoting awareness and action for local biodiversity.  More information 


Gene Conservation of Tree Species workshop

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Global Partnership for Plant Conservation conference

An international conference on ‘Plant Conservation and the Sustainable Development Goals’ will be held at the Missouri Botanical Garden, St Louis, U.S.A. on 28-29 June, 2016More information 


Third International Symposium on the family Magnoliaceae

29th November – 3rd December , 2016, Cuba. More information 

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New publications from BGCI 

From Idea to Realisation

The first two chapters of BGCI’s Manual on Planning, Developing and Managing Botanic Gardens are now available online with the next ones forthcoming in May. Take a look


BGCI Strategy

Download a copy of our Business Case and Plan for 2015 – 2020 to find out what to expect from us over the next 5 years. Take a look 



The July 2015 issue of BGjournal, themed on ‘Tree conservation and the role of botanic gardens’ is now available online. Take a look 


Call for next issue of Roots.

We are currently looking for contributions for the next issue of Roots on Volunteers in Education. Find out more about how you can contribute on ourwebsite or email


Red Lists and ex situ surveys

Ebony survey

This report forms part of Missouri Botanical Garden's Global Ebony Assessment and shows that only 24% of ebony taxa (193 of 806 taxa) are reported in ex situ collections. Take a look

Magnolia Red List

BGCI published The Red List of Magnoliaceae, including the Magnolia ex situ assessments, this March, assessing the risk of extinction for 304 wild magnolia species from around the world. Take a look

Upload your garden’s plant list to PlantSearch and make your collections count in these upcoming ex situ surveys in 2016:

North American threatened species survey

North American oak survey

Orchid survey

Theaceae survey

Find out more about how to upload data to PlantSearch


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New Members

New Patron member

BGCI is delighted to welcome Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences as our latest Patron Member. Read more 



Jardín Botànico, Centro de Estudios Conservacionistas de la Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, Guatemala.

Arusha Botanic Garden, Tanzania

Tanga Coastal Forests Botanic Garden, Tanzania



Steve Blackmore, UK - Conservation Donor

Carol-Maisie Cook, New Zealand

Jane Nicholson, USA

Mark L Shepheard, Australia

J A Burton-Jones, Australia

Amin u Khan, Pakistan

Alexandra Bunge, Switzerland