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Cultivate 63: Introducing BGCI Members' Area

- March 2017

Liliana Derewnicka




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  No. 63 (March 2017)

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Introducing BGCI Members' Area

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 Dear Cultivator,

BGCI is delighted to announce the launch of our new Member’s Area on our website. The Member’s Area provides a number of features that are not available through the public BGCI website. These include enhanced access to BGCI’s databases, including PlantSearch, ThreatSearch and GlobalTreeSearch. A particular feature of the enhanced database access is the ability to carry out multiple queries by uploading csv files for all three databases. An additional benefit for PlantSearch users is the capacity to identify the location of species in botanic garden collections for those botanic gardens that have agreed to share this data. The Member’s Area also enables access to electronic copies of the most recent BGCI publications – including the latest issues of BGjournal and Roots. These serial publications are only available on BGCI’s public website 6 months after publication. Finally, BGCI offers a number of services to its members. These services depend on your needs, and are developed through discussions with BGCI. Examples of such services include collections assessments, funding opportunities, training, data analysis and education consultancies. More details are provided on the website. 

To access the Member’s Area, you will need your institutional Membership number and password. These have recently been sent to all BGCI members. If you don’t know your password please contact us at As ever, we welcome your feedback. 



Get involved


Join the international day of action for World Biodiversity Day for Let it Grow

BGCI would like to invite our members to join the Let it Grow campaign and take part in an international day of action on World Biodiversity Day, 22nd May 2017 to highlight to the potential of botanic gardens, zoos, aquaria and science centres to support the delivery of the European Union Biodiversity Strategy.  Find out more 


BGCI congress video

This year is BGCI’s 30th birthday, and we are making a video about the organisation that will be shown at the 6th Global Botanic Garden Congress in Geneva in June. If you have any video clips of your botanic garden that you would be willing to share please email us at indicating what footage you have. Please don’t send it as an attachment!


Emblematic alpine plants: Towards a better understanding of their fundamental climatic requirements

Do you work at a botanic garden or arboretum? If so, please complete a short, online survey about alpine plants and their ecological requirements before May 2017 for Daniela Cárdenas, MSc student at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland.  Find out more


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Keep up to date


Sign up for Communities in Nature mailing list

Share your expertise in running community projects or learn from experienced organisations. Share ideas, resources, questions and events with botanic gardens around the world by signing up to this new mailing list. Sign up online or email (Subject: Subscribe. Message: SUBSCRIBE CIN Firstname Lastname)


Sign up for BigPicnic newsletter

Sign up to this new newsletter to receive updates about the project 3 times per year. BigPicnic seeks to engage the public in debate on food security. To sign up to the newsletter scroll down to the bottom of any page on the BigPicnic website



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News from BGCI


6th Global Botanic Gardens Congress (6GBGC)

We have received an overwhelming response to the call for abstracts for 6GBGC and the Scientific Committee have been working tirelessly to put together an exciting programme of speakers, symposia, workshops and round-table discussions.  To allow more time for you to register at the lowest prices, we have decided to extend the deadline for early-bird registration until 14 April. Make sure you don’t miss out. Register now


Online CITES learning modules 

BGCI has created some online CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) learning modules, essential for those working in botanic gardens with CITES listed species. The modules can be used online for individuals or downloaded as PowerPoint presentations to be used in training. Find out more


Videos from the Communities in Nature Webinars are now online 

The Communities in Nature Webinars focussed on how to run, develop, fund and evaluate community projects and were led by leading professionals. Watch recordings of all five in the series


The Morton Arboretum announces the promotion of BGCI’s Murphy Westwood to Director, Global Tree Conservation Program

In her expanded role, Murphy is responsible for fostering collaborations and advancing conservation efforts with botanic gardens and institutions in the United States, including the United States Forest Service, and internationally, with a particular emphasis on Latin America and Asia. Find out more


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New members


Institutional members

Seoul Botanic Park, South Korea

Jardim Botânico Araribá, Brazil

Cayes Botanic Garden, Haiti

The Maritime Aboriginal Peoples Council, Canada

Merian Garten, Switzerland

Beijing Botanical Garden of CAS, China

Plant and Conservation Research Foundation, Bangladesh

Xiamen Overseas Chinese Subtropical Plant Introduction Garden, China

Sultan Ciftligi Tarim ve Ahsap Urunleri Sanayi ve Ticaret Anonim, Turkey

Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary, India

Vallée d’Osterlog Endemic Garden Foundation, Mauritius

Government College University Botanic Garden, Pakistan

Green Mountain Cloud Forest Gardens, Costa Rica

Defensores de la Naturleza Foundation, Guatemala

Fundacion el Arbol, Nicaragua

El Acra Verde de las Plantas S.A., Costa Rica


Individual members

Rosalind Graham-Hunt

Rodolfo Bachmann

Bill Mudry

Mrs M.J. Farmer



Shelley O’Berg

Elizabeth Cha Smith


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New article published: "The role of botanic gardens in the twenty-first century"

Sarada Krishnan (Denver Botanic Gardens) and Ari Novy (the United States Botanic Garden) recently teamed up to write and publish an article on "The role of botanic gardens in the twenty-first century", providing a contemporary roadmap and guidance for the entire garden community. Download your copy