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Cultivate 68: the Big Give

- December 2017

Liliana Derewnicka




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  No. 68 (December 2017)

Cultivate from BGCI

the Big Give

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Dear Cultivator,

It’s that time of year again! BGCI is once again participating in the Big Give Christmas Challenge, this year fundraising to protect island tree species from extinction. At least 12,000 of the world’s 60,000 tree species occur only in single island states. Trees on islands have been found to have inherent high levels of extinction, with small ranges and threats such as invasive species, deforestation and extreme weather events. BGCI’s Global Trees Campaign programme supports local botanic gardens to conserve threatened trees in their gardens and protect them in the wild. We would like to expand our island tree conservation programme to support gardens across the world to conserve island tree species and save them from extinction. 

The challenge runs from Midday today until Midday Tuesday 5th December and all week donations will be doubled until we reach our target of £20,000. Donate

Thanks for your support and see you next year!

Best wishes,



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News from BGCI


South African Botanical Gardens Plant Pest Monitoring and Prevention Workshops

More than 120 delegates attended workshops in South Africa as part of the International Plant Sentinel Network in early November. Pretoria National Botanical Garden, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and KwaZulu-Natal National Botanical Garden each hosted a Plant Pest Monitoring and Prevention workshop looking at the importance of sentinel plants, main groups of invertebrate plant pests, future plant threats for South Africa, major plant pathogens, biosecurity and garden maintenance. Find out more about the IPSN   


Seed conservation in the Indian Ocean Islands

As part of BGCI’s Global Trees Campaign and Global Seed Conservation Challenge, BGCI recently ran a workshop in Mauritius in collaboration with the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation and Missouri Botanical Garden. Find out more 






The call for abstracts for the next issue of Roots is now open! We are looking for a range of contributions around the topic of learning theories. To see your work featured in Roots send a 100 word abstract to by 5th January. Find out more 

April’s issue, Engaging Youth is now available on the BGCI website. Find out more about how botanic gardens are engaging with this hard-to-reach audience. 

Roots is available exclusively to members for the first 6 months after publication. Join us to receive new issues straight into your inbox. 


BGCI Technical Review is now available in Chinese

The technical review includes an updated list of criteria that define a botanic garden as well as guidance and recommendations to aid botanic garden strategic planning. Find out more  


BigPicnic newsletter

The third issue of BigNews from BigPicnic was sent out last week. You can now find it on the BigPicnic website

BigPicnic is a European project which sees botanic gardens, with the support of other organisations, working with their local communities to generate public debate on food security to influence Responsible Research and Innovation.

Keep up date by following us on Twitter @BigPicnic_EU or sign up to the newsletter by scrolling to the bottom of any page of the website and entering your email address. 


King of Puddings

This new book by Royal Botanic Gardens Kew expert Guide Angela Dixon is a tour of the global history of the Christmas Pudding. The book is £5.99 or £5 per copy for orders of two or more.

£1 from every sale goes to support BGCI's global conservation work! Order yours


Plants, People, Planet

This new journal seeks to  promote and celebrate outstanding plant-based research. Submissions are welcome from all areas of plant sciences, from ecosystem studies to molecular genetics, and particularly encourages interdisciplinary studies, for instance within the social and medical sciences and chemistry and engineering. Read more or email 


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New members


New Patron Member – Baekdudaegan National Arboretum  

BGCI is delighted to welcome Baekdudaegan National Arboretum (BDNA) – South Korea as a Patron Member. As a Patron, BDNA joins a growing number of the world's largest and most influential botanic gardens and will play a key role in guiding BGCI's future programmes. Find out more


New Institutional Members

Hippocrates Botanical Garden in Markopoulo of APIVITA & APIGEA, Greece

Orto Botanico Università degli Studi di Padova, Italy


New Conservation Donor

Dawn Barton Welles, USA  


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Wanted in ex situ collections

BGCI’s recent gap analysis has identified 20 angiosperm families and almost 7,000 threatened tree species that appear to be completely missing from botanic garden living collections. Download the lists and let us know if you have any of these plants in your collections.


Functionality of botanic gardens survey – now open

Alaa Nayyef, from Curtin University and Kings Park Botanic Garden in Perth Western Australia, is carrying out a survey to determine the resources and conservation focus of botanic gardens from a range of phytogeographic zones. The results from the survey will form part of a research programme to support and promote the development of botanic gardens in arid regions.  Take part 


Register of Expertise in Ex Situ Conservation Best Practices for Exceptional Plant Species survey - now open

BGCI and the Exceptional Plant Conservation Network (EPCN) are carrying out a survey to populate an online register on Expertise in Ex Situ Conservation Best Practices for Exceptional Plant Species – a directory of professionals, expertise and facilities. Your participation will benefit both stakeholders with specific interest in exceptional plant species conservation as well as the conservation community at large. The deadline is 15th December 2017. Take part


Hurricane Irma and Maria fundraising

A funding campaign has been set up to support The Arboretum Doña Inés Park of the Luis Muñoz Marín Foundation in Puerto Rico to recover from the catastrophic damage caused by hurricanes Irma and Martha. Donate  


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Botanical Bridges 2018

The National Botanic Gardens Network of Cuba is pleased to announce the 2018 Botanical Bridges Congress, which will be held at the National Botanic Garden in Havana from 2nd to 5th April, 2018; during the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the garden. Find out more


Eurogard  VIII

The Eighth European Botanic Gardens Congress: “Botanic Gardens, People and Plants for a Sustainable World” will be held in Lisbon From 7th to 11th May 2018. The deadline for abstracts has been extended until 30th December 2017. BGCI members receive a reduced rate for registration. Find out more


BGCI’s 10th International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens

The Congress will be held at the University of Warsaw Botanic Garden from 10th to 14th September, 2018. Abstract submission will open in early December. Find out more 


BGCI’s 11th International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens

Would your Botanic Garden be interested in hosting the next International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens? BGCI has launched the call for proposals to host and co-organise the 11th International Congress on Education in Botanic Gardens in 2022. 

The deadline for applications is 7th January, 2018. Find out more