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Cultivate 59: News, Publications and Opportunities

- June 2016

Liliana Derewnicka




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  No. 59 (June 2016)

Cultivate from BGCI

News, Publications and Opportunities

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Dear Cultivate readers,

It’s that time again! This issue of Cultivate brings you exciting new publications, employment opportunities and events for you to take part in. The publication of both our manual and the North American Strategy for Plant Conservation, represent the culmination of months of work. We are delighted to be able to share them with you and hope they will serve you well.

Best wishes,


New publications from BGCI


From Idea to Realisation - BGCI's Manual on Planning, Developing and Managing Botanic Gardens

The next two installments of BGCI’s new manual for the development and management of botanic gardens are now online:

Chapter 3 – No plant collection without a strategy of policy: Addressing the needs and values of a botanic garden collection policy 

Chapter 4 – The plant collection in the international policy context – guidance for collection holders

Find out more 




The North American Botanic Garden Strategy for Plant Conservation


This exciting new plant conservation strategy was launched at the recent American Public Gardens Association (APGA) conference in Miami, Florida.  The Strategy was developed as a collaborative effort involving the American Public Gardens Association, the Asociación Mexicana de Jardines Botánicos, BGCI, the Center for Plant Conservation, and the Plant Conservation Alliance. The publication marks the first step in the development of the North American Plant Conservation Initiative, aimed at engaging botanic gardens across the region in plant conservation activities.

Download a copy

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Previous issue of Roots now online!

Head to the Roots archive to find the previous issue: Roots 13:1 – Room to Grow: Learning Spaces in Botanic Gardens, which was sent to members in October, 2015. Become a member to receive the latest issues of Roots straight to your inbox.

The call for the next issue on volunteers in public engagement is open. Have you got a fantastic volunteer you want to tell the world about? Is your garden working with volunteers in a new and exciting way? Do you manage an exceptional volunteer programme? Find out more about how you can get involved on our website or email by 4th July, 2016.


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Launching the Big Picnic

BGCI is pleased to announce the launch of its new project Big Picnic: Big Questions – Engaging the public with Responsible Research and Innovation on Food SecurityCo-ordinated by BGCI, the Big Picnic, will invite public across Europe and in Uganda to sit down with scientists, policy makers, industry and others to learn from each other and share ideas about food security, one of the most pressing challenges facing the planet. Read more 


Job opportunities 

We are presently recruiting for two exciting new posts:

  • BGCI Conservation Assistant – based at BGCI’s headquarters at Kew, UK, the conservation assistant will support two of BGCI’s core programmes: the Ecological Restoration Alliance of Botanic Gardens and Global Trees Campaign. Closing date for applications: 30 June 2016. More information
  • BGCI SEABG Network Coordinator based at the Dr. Cecilia Koo Botanic Conservation Center, Taiwan, to manage and develop the programme of work of the Southeast Asia Botanic Gardens (SEABG) network Closing date for applications: 24th July, 2016. More information 


Communities in Nature Webinars #2: Research and Evaluation with Theano Moussouri – 29th June 4pm.

Are you keen to learn new ways to incorporate research and evaluation into your activities? Join Theano Moussouri from University College London as she discusses how to carry out effective and creative research and evaluation with community groups that goes beyond boring surveys. Sign up

The Communities in Nature Webinars are held on the last Wednesday of every month from May to September. More information


Banking on the future: Gene conservation of tree species. Chicago, USA. May 16-19.

BGCI was a co-organiser of the recently held international workshop on tree conservation. This unique event brought together foresters with botanic garden staff to discuss issues of mutual concern regarding tree conservation. The proceedings of the meeting will be published in a special issue of New Forests focusing on advances and trends in gene conservation of tree species. Read more 


India Seed Conservation Workshop

As part of the Global Seed Conservation Challenge, a Seed Conservation Workshop was run in collaboration with Jawaharlal Nerhu Tropical Botanic Garden and Research Institute (JNTBGRI) in Kerala, India in May. Participants from botanic gardens in Kerala and Tamil Nadu joined together to learn the basics of seed conservation and share experience and advice on difficult species. Read more   


Let it Grow

Over 150 participants have now signed up to the campaign.  Let it Grow seeks to engage the European population with native species and help them to leave a space for these species to flourish. Sign up now   to join zoos, botanic gardens and science centres across Europe and help Let it Grow. More information 

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New Members


MS Swaminathan Research Foundation, Kerala, India

The Combinatore Zoological Park and Conservation Centre, India

Qur’anic Botanic Garden, Qatar

Kwelera National Botanic Garden (SANBI), South Africa

University of Pécs Botanic Garden, Hungary

Foundation for Revitalisation of Local Health Traditions, Karnataka, India

Peermade Development Society, Idukki, Kerala, India

Department of Botany, University of Kerala, India

Kerala Forest Seed Centre, India

Rabinet Herbarium, St. Joseph’s College, Tamil Nadu, India 



Dr M. Gunasekaran, Tamil Nadu, India

Deirdre Ryan, New York, USA

Camila J Ilsley, Cambridge, UK 



First Congress of Botanic Gardens in South America

The Argentinean Botanic Gardens Network (RAJB) is hosting the First Congress of Botanic Gardens in South America which will be held at the Jardín Botánico de Córdoba from the 5th - 8th October, 2016More information 

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