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The International Diploma in Botanic Garden Education has ended

17 June 2014

This month saw the end of The International Diploma in Botanic Garden Education, organised and run by BGCI and Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.

Over the last five weeks, from 12 May to 13th June,  the nine students from botanic gardens in China, Canada, Oman, Latvia, Greece and Norway, who represent novice educators, horticulturalists and experienced teachers, stayed in Kew to learn about botanic garden education in all its forms.

Their hectic schedule covered a range of topics including, international legislation and policy, pedagogy within science education, science communication, interpretation, fundraising, creative arts and storytelling. As well as attending presentations and taking part in workshops delivered by professionals from a variety of institutions the students were asked to develop funding proposals and give their own presentation. In addition to these classroom based activities, the course included day trips to Chelsea Physic Garden , Wakehurst PlaceThrive at Battersea Park and Oxford Botanic Garden, as well as, spending a weekend in Cornwall to visit The Eden Project, Sir Harold Hellier Gardens and The Lost Gardens of Heligan.

The students have now returned home to their own institutions where they will complete their final project which will focus on the education delivered by their gardens. 

This course runs every two years. For more information about the course and how to apply for the next one please visit  the website.

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