Plant news from BGCI
It is estimated that up to 100,000 plants, representing more than one third of all the world's plant species, are currently threatened or face extinction in the wild. BGCI brings together the botanic gardens to work for plant conservation through science, education and horticulture.
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BGCI’s Secretary General, Sara Oldfield has been awarded an Institutional Honorary Doctorate by the University of Ghent, Belgium.
Botanic gardens, museums, science centres, universities, schools, and many others worldwide will all be celebrating the wonders and importance of plants on Saturday 18th May 2013 for the second ever international “Fascination of Plants Day” (FoPD), whihc coincides with Plant Conservation Day
Botanic gardens are involved in a wide range of activities that have relevance to the growing food security crisis. Complete our survey to tell us what you are doing
Erythrina schliebenii is a Critically Endangered tree species endemic to Tanzania. This charismatic and beautiful species was thought to be Extinct. Recently rediscovered, E. schliebenii is now in cultivation and a ceremonial planting is planned for next year.
Arbor Day is an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the importance of trees to our lives and promote tree planting and care. Read more about Arbor Day and planned activities in arboreta across the USA.
BGCI, RBG Edinburgh & the Rhododendron Specialist Conservation Group jointly hosted a conference to develop an action plan to save threatened Rhododendrons. The conference brought together the most knowledgeable & influential group of international Rhododendron experts ever assembled under one roof.
Julia Willison, BGCI’s Director of Education, traveled to Syracusa, Sicily, to participate in the Conference ‘GARDMED, the network of Mediterranean Gardens’ from 5-6 April.
BGCI would like to thank the Taipei Representatives Office in the UK for its generous donation of $8,000 towards the Ecological Restoration Alliance
How can growing your own vegs bring communities together, generate environmental change and feed the world? Saturday 1st June, 10am-5:30pm at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, join scientists, writers, award-winning gardeners and green-fingered experimenters to discover the future of food.
The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh [RBGE], the Rhododendron Species Conservation Group [RSCG] and BGCI are jointly hosting a two-day International Rhododendron Species Conservation Conference from 20-21 April, 2013
The 2013 European Carnivorous Plant Exhibition and Exchange is to be held at the Nancy botanical garden, France on the 5th -8th July. The programme includes an extensive range of lectures, tours, workshops, and an excursion to the Vosges mountains.
A revolutionary campaign, driven by President Michel Martelly, plans to plant 50 million trees a year in order to address one of the root causes of poverty in Haiti – deforestation. Great news for plant conservation, but is it achievable?
The Botanical Gardens Education Network (BGEN) are running a training day on Tuesday 14th May 2013 at the Durham University Botanic Garden entitled: “Communicating Horticulture; how to teach essential skills and build capacity”
PlantNetwork’s spring conference: “Urban Public Gardens: challenges and opportunities” is being held in Cambridge today and tomorrow (April 11th-12th), where BGCI's Director of Education Julia Willison will be speaking about our 'Communities in Nature' initiative.
A new partnership has been agreed between the IUCN SSC Freshwater Plant Specialist Group (FPSG) and the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) that will improve wetland conservation and help save threatened plants.
Register now for the INQUIRE Conference 2013: Raising standards through inquiry: Professional development in the natural environment 9-10 July 2013 at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Explore inquiry-based science education with educators and academics from botanic gardens, museums and NGOs across Europe
A workshop on the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation was held in Singapore Botanic Gardens, jointly organised by BGCI and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
Singapore, one of the world's most densely populated countries, is campaigning to get its 154-year-old Botanic Gardens declared a UNESCO world heritage site.
2nd Conference of the Real World Learning Network – Science and Sustainability through Outdoor Learning to be held in Slovenia this November.
The second Real World Learning Network conference – Science and Sustainability through Outdoor Learning will be held in Slovenia from the 27th - 30th November 2013 and will explore how to deliver successful outdoor education.