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Cultivate 65: Happy birthday to us!

- August 2017

Liliana Derewnicka




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  No. 65 (August 2017)

Cultivate from BGCI

Happy birthday to us!

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Dear Cultivator,

2017 marks BGCI's 30th anniversay. The organisation was first established in 1987 and our influence has grown considerably over the past 30 years. To mark this special occassion, we have produced a video highlighting the progress we have made, working to save threatened plants and linking botanic gardens worldwide. Watch the video 




News from BGCI


BGCI Technical Review

In response to a request from its International Advisory Council, BGCI has recently published its first Technical Review that looks at the criteria by which botanic gardens define themselves and reviews how they measure success.  Based on an on-line survey and a literature review, the report incorporates data from over 200 botanic gardens in more than 50 countries Find out more 




6th Global Botanic Gardens Congress

The 6th Global Botanic Gardens Congress was held from 26th – 30th June in Geneva, Switzerland. Hosted by the Conservatory and Botanic Garden of the City of Geneva (CJBG), the Congress, which had the theme Botanic gardens in society: visions for the future, attracted over 550 participants from 65 countries. As well as a varied and stimulating scientific programme, participants enjoyed a range of social activities, including a gala dinner that celebrated the 200th anniversary of CJBG and the 30th anniversary of BGCI. Abstracts, videos and conclusions are now available online. Find out more 


Global Seed Conservation Challenge (GSCC) Awards

Prizes for five catagories of the GSCC were awarded during the 6th Global Botanic Gardens Congress. The winners were: Australian PlantBank, Bok Tower Gardens, Oman Botanic Garden, Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville de Genève and Harold. L. Lyon Arboretum. Find out more 

GSCC videos

Calling all seed collectors! BGCI is looking for videos on the tips and tricks of seed collection. Do you have an innovative way to collect from difficult species? Do you have a low tech method for cleaning seed? Do you have an interesting storage method? The best video will win a prize! Find out more


Marsh Awards 2017

This year’s awards were presented during the 6GBGC. The winners were:

The Marsh Award 2017 for contributions to Botanic Gardens Education - Amy Padolf from Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, USA

The Marsh Award for International Plant Conservation - Kunle (Olukunle) Olasupo from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Nigeria

Find out more


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Photos of Theaceae  

BGCI will soon be preparing the Red List of Theaceae publication, containing red list assessments for all species in the family as well as an ex situ survey. We are looking for photos of Theaceae collections or plants in the wild for use within the report. All photos will be credited. Please send photos of your Theaceae collections to, including species name and a credit for the photo.


Survey on collections of North American alpine plants

BGCI is conducting a survey, on behalf of a consortium of gardens and organisations led by Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, to identify gardens that either have significant collections of North American alpine plants or a desire to help with alpine plant conservation. To complete the survey


The BGCI /ArbNet Botanic Garden Partnership Programme

This is an international partnership- building initiative that aims to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, skills and resources within the botanic garden community.  Find out more

Agreements have now been signed between:

Vilnius University (on behalf of the Vilnius University Botanic Garden), Lithuania and The Tasmanian Arboretum Inc. Australia.  Find out more

South London Botanical Institute (SLBI) and the Botanic Garden of the Sapienza Unversity, Rome, Italy. Find out more  


BigPicnic BigNews

Remember to sign up for the BigPicnic newsletter to find out more about how botanic gardens are supporting public debate on food security to influence Responsible Research and Innovation.

To sign up, scroll to the bottom of any page on the BigPicnic website and submit your email address.   


Reviving the African Botanic Garden Network - Have your say!

BGCI has set up a new office in Kenya. One of the aims is to provide increased support to botanic gardens across Africa. At the 6th Global Botanic Gardens Congress we held a meeting about reviving the African Botanic Garden Network. If you work in or with a botanic garden in Africa, please complete our quick online survey to let us know what the network should offer! Find out more


Southeast Asia Botanic Garden (SEABG) Network website launch!

The SEABG Network has launched a new website with information about the network, conference and links to network contacts. Check it out here and send any questions or comments to the SEABG Network Coordinator. Also take a look at BGCI’s Asian Networks page for up to date information about regional and national botanic garden networks in Asia. 


FairWild Week

The FairWild Foundation will be launching its inaugural “FairWild Week” this August to raise awareness amongst the general public of the amazing role played by wild plant ingredients in their daily lives. 

The online event will showcase a selection of plant species and their derivatives to highlight the associated conservation, sustainability and community issues behind them. The goal is to inspire curiosity amongst consumers to find out more about where their products come from and to demonstrate the unique role played by FairWild in protecting wild plants for generations to come. 

Join us from the 21st of August on Facebook and Twitter for a week of inspiring messages and exciting events. See you there.



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Introducing our new Head of Membership

BGCI is pleased to welcome Paola Andreoni as our new Head of Membership. Paola joined BGCI in 2017 to lead the strategic development of the membership programme and coordinate communications with members.

New members


Institutional members

Ventnor Botanic Garden, Isle of Wight

Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, USA

Milner Gardens and Woodland, Canada

Jardin Botanique National d’Haiti

Jardi Botanic Marimurtra, Spain

Let’s Do It Peja, Kosovo

The Marie Selby Botanic Garden, USA

Siit Arboretum Botanical Garden, Phillipines

Jardin des Plantes, France

Barrocal Botanic Garden, Portugal

Jardin Experimental Jean Massart, Belgium

Orto Botanico dell’Universita della Calabria, Italy

Arboretum National du Vallon de l’Aubonne, Switzerland

University of Tohoku Botanical Garden, Japan

Mauritian Wildlife Foundation, Mauritius  

Lyon Arboretum, Hawai'i, USA 

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Upcoming conferences and training


We are still accepting applications for the LearnToEngage module on Working with Diverse Audiences, which will run from 8th January to 8th April, 2018 and include both online and on-site training. The course is free and travel and subsistence bursaries are available. Deadline: 31st August. Apply online

Contribute to the next modules on Research and Evaluation and Science Communication by completing this survey


The 10th International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens

In conjunction with BGCI the University of Warsaw Botanic Garden will be hosting the 10th International Congress on Education on Botanic Gardens which is taking place on 10th-14th September 2018. The themes for the congress have been released and the call for abstracts opens in November.  We invite you all to join us for what we hope will be an exciting and interesting event. Find out more


Call to host the 11th International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens in 2022

BGCI has launched the call for proposals to host and co-organise the 11th International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens in 2022. The congress brings together botanic garden educators from across the globe to share expertise, experience and information. With its global audience, hosting the congress provides an excellent opportunity to enhance the reputation of any garden. If your organisation is interested in hosting the next congress click here 



Building strong Partnerships: bgen, LEEF, BGCI networking day: 23rd August 2017, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Find out more

Come and play at the garden: The theory and practice of working with early years audiences: 22nd September 2017, Cambridge University Botanic Garden Find out more

bgen Annual Conference: 8th – 10th November 2017, The National Botanic Gardens of Ireland. Find out more


NASSTEC International Congress: Seed Quality of Native Species – Ecology, Production & Policy will be held at the Royal Botanic Gardens, 25th – 29th September  2017. Find out more


EastCentGard III - 3rd Conference of Eastern and Central European Botanic Gardens: Botanic gardens – delivering public goods and supporting society  will be held in Budapest, 7th – 11th October, 2017Find out more


EUROGARD VIII – 8th  European Botanic Gardens Congress: Botanic Gardens, People and Plants for a Sustainable World”  will be held in Lisbon,  7th-11th May 2018. Registration and abstract submission are now open. Find out more