Botanic Gardens Conservation International
BGCI provides a global voice for all botanic gardens, championing and celebrating their inspiring work. We are the world's largest plant conservation network, open to all. Join us in helping to save the world's threatened plants.

Tools and information

In this section you will find a range of tools and information for those working in or looking to set up a botanic garden. This includes the new BGCI manual on planning, developing and managing botanic gardens,  


From Idea to Realisation: BGCI’s Manual on Planning, Developing and Managing Botanic Gardens 

This manual is intended for botanic gardens and arboreta as ever-evolving institutions that respond to environmental and societal needs, changes and challenges. It offers guidance and ideas with case studies from around the world.


Botanic Garden Information

This is an introductory guide for those wanting to learn about botanic gardens, how they came about and the way in which they contribute towards plant conservation. This is divided into chapters that include the history and role of botanic gardens, living collections, seedbanks and how to start a botanic garden.


Interpretation signs (Care for the Rare) 

A series of downloadable signs to help botanic gardens interpret plants within their collections. This includes ready to download signs as well as resources to create your own interpretation signs for plant species.



Public engagement case studies

Be inspired by programmes run in botanic gardens around the globe. This selection of case studies demonstrates innovative and inspirational programmes from botanic garden educators around the world.



Invasive alien species 

An overview and list of actions that botanic gardens should take with respect to alien invasive species.


International Plant Exchange Network (IPEN) 

An exchange system for botanic gardens for non-commercial exchange of plant material, based on the CBD.


Cycads: A model group for ex situ plant conservation

The role of ex-situ plant conservation in the long-term survival of cycads.